Electricity is an integral part of our daily lives, so much so, we tend to be blasé about its potential dangers. When was the last time you looked at electricity from a child’s perspective? Have you gone down on all fours and crawled like a baby, trying to see what a baby sees every day? Would it surprise you to know that doing that could prevent an electrical disaster?
Young children are naturally curious and can get into trouble if not educated about the dangers of electricity. Electrical safety needs to be a parent’s highest priority, and education should start as early as possible. There are numerous ways to engage children and educate them at the same time.
Children should be taught electrical safety as early as possible. As a parent, we should try to imagine the world through a child’s eyes and identify potential dangers from their perspective.
Most electrical dangers can be classified into the following five categories:
Electricity and water must never come in contact with each other. All buildings must have GFCI’s (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) installed where electricity may encounter water, for example, kitchens, bathrooms, the laundry, and outdoor pool areas.
Children need to be taught from a very young age that:
All electrical outlets not being used should have safety covers on. Where possible, only tamper-resistant outlets should be installed.
Children need to be educated that:
Electrical cords and cables should be placed out of sight whenever possible. They should be checked regularly to ensure they are not damaged, knotted, or entangled in any way.
Children need to be taught to:
Ideally, all electrical devices and appliances not being used, should be unplugged and stored away out of children’s reach. Children using electrical appliances and devices should always do so under adult supervision.
All children should be taught to:
Emergency contact numbers should always be displayed in a prominent, accessible place in the home. Children must be taught, as early as possible, how to contact emergency services and their parents in the case of any emergency.
Children must be taught about electrical safety from a very young age. They should be taught to respect electricity, but not fear it. Here are a few tips to ensure that your child is made aware of the dangers of electricity and potential electrocution, in an age-appropriate way.
Talking about the potential dangers of electricity does not need to involve a lecture.
You can introduce the topic in everyday conversation while you are at home by:
There are many fun and educational games and videos that can be used to teach your child about electricity. Invest in age-appropriate material and make the teaching fun. You can ensure they have understood what you are saying by offering prizes or rewards for correct answers.
You can teach your child about implementing electrical safely during story time. You can make their favorite character into an electrically savvy individual and press home how even they are careful when using electricity. You could also make the villain in the story an electrically unsafe character, enforcing the concept that being unsafe around electricity is bad.
When it comes to electricity, there need to be strict rules about what can and cannot be done.
The following rules need to be enforced without exceptions:
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