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Talking with Your Child about Electrical Safety

Jul 22, 2015

Electricity. We live our lives surrounded by it, yet often forget how dangerous it can be—especially to children. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), each day, nearly seven children are treated for electrical injuries due to tampering with wall outlets. While these types of accidents are all too common, such injuries can be prevented when we understand and practice proper electrical safety. Lighting the QCA has put together a list of helpful tips and recommendations on how to talk with your child about electrical safety.

Start with the basics

Start teaching your children about electricity at an early age—discuss what it is, what it does, why it’s important. To help them understand how electricity works, try taking a hands-on approach with these fun, at-home electrical experiments for kids. Use each step of the experiments as a learning opportunity to teach your child proper electrical safety precautions and its importance. Your child will have a blast conducting each experiment and you will have fun knowing they are learning valuable safety lessons!

Set some rules

As your child begins to get older, start teaching them about the dangers associated with electrical components—both indoor and outdoor. Talking with your children about how to properly handle electrical plugs, chords, outlets and switches will help them better understand the power—and dangers—of electricity. Discuss with your child the importance of asking a grown-up for help when handling electrical components, and be sure they understand how to properly plug and unplug cords from an outlet—making sure not to overload an outlet with too many cords.

Take action

Every parent worries about their child—take away some of that worry by child-proofing your home with safety outlet covers or plugs. Outlet covers and plugs allow you to use your outlets normally while creating a safety barrier between your child and the electricity source. Safety covers can even be used to cover power strips. Power strip covers prevent your child from playing with dangerous chords and plugs that could cause an electrical shock.

 

As your child’s most influential teacher, help guide your child down the road to electrical safety and awareness with some help from LightingtheQCA.com. Be sure contact one of our many certified contractors and electricians at LightingtheQCA.com with questions or concerns. Remember—safety first! 

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