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Electrical Safety Tips for Kids

As every parent knows, kids are curious by nature, and sometimes it can be difficult to keep kids away for things that they should not be playing with. At Expert Electric, we want to make sure that your kids are safe around anything and everything electric. That’s why the licensed electricians at Expert Electric want to provide you with a list of electrical safety tips for kids.

Top 12 Tips for Electrical Safety for Kids

If you are worried about your kids playing safely around anything electric in your home or neighbourhood, you can go over the following electrical safety tips with your kids:

  1. Don’t plug in a bunch of stuff into one outlet or extension cord–doing so could damage the electrical system or even cause a fire in your home.
  2. Make sure to tuck away all electrical cords as neat and tidy as you can–this will stop your pets from chewing on the cords, and from people tripping.
  3. Do not ever climb a fence near an electrical substation–if a ball or pet gets inside the fence, ask an adult to call the electric company.
  4. Do not yank an electrical cord from the wall–pulling on a cord could cause damage to the appliance, the plug, or the outlet.
  5. Make sure to fly your kite away from power lines and substations– you might get electrocuted.
  6. Always ask a grown up for help when you need to use something that uses electricity.
  7. Always look up and look out for power lines when you climb a tree–the electricity can go right through the branch and right through you.
  8. Remind your parents to watch out for power lines when they are using a ladder, chainsaw, or other outdoor equipment.
  9. Keep electrical stuff far away from water.
  10. Keep metal objects out of toasters.
  11. Stay at least the length of a school bus (10m) away from broken or fallen power lines.
  12. Never climb on power poles.

Child Proofing Your Home

If you have really curious kids, you can use the following electrical tips to make your home safer for your kids around electrical objects:

  • Secure your unused wall outlet with plastic inserts that can be pulled off and stuck in the mouth or by blocking unused outlets with furniture. You can also consider using safety outlets that prevent any foreign objects from being inserted.
  • If you are use extension cords, make sure that they are tucked away behind furniture or use a hide-a-cord device. You can also use electrical tape to cover any unused plugholes on cords.
  • Keep all electrical devices and appliances, such as DVD players, hair dryers, toasters, etc., on a shelf out of reach or behind a barrier of some sort.

If you have any questions about our electrical safety tips for kids, or if you want to know more about our residential and commercial services, please contact the licensed electricians at Expert Electric at 604-681-8338.