Electricity can be counted as one of those modern marvels that nobody really takes the time to marvel at anymore. It has become such a staple in our society, and in our homes, that nobody really notices it until it suddenly goes out or it becomes a hazard.
And one of the main ways it becomes a hazard in the home is if a child gets curious and starts messing around with electricity. We all know it’s bound to happen; no matter how good of a parent you are, you’re only human. You can’t keep an eye on your kid 24/7. But you can teach your kids electricity safety, and make sure that curiosity only plagues the cat, and not your kid.
Have a conversation
The best thing you can do is have a conversation with your kids about the dangerous potential electricity has when it’s not used properly. Start with the basics:
- Unplug something by pulling from the plug, not the cord. This is to prevent damage to the appliance, the plug, or the outlet itself.
- Don’t overload your plugs. Be careful to not plug in too many appliances into one extension cord or outlet. This will reduce the risk of flipping a circuit, or causing major electrical damage to your home.
- Don’t plug something in if water is involved. If you’re wet, standing in water, or near water, do not plug anything in. Electricity is looking for the fastest way to get to the ground, and water is an excellent conductor of electricity. It will travel through the water, and you, to get grounded.
- If it’s not a power plug, don’t stick it in a socket. This one’s pretty self-explanatory. Severe and dangerous shocks happen this way.
- Be aware of power lines. Go outside and familiarize yourself and your kids with where the power lines on your property are located. If your kids are looking to fly kites or climb trees, make sure they are well out of the way of power lines.
- Keep cords untangled and tucked away. This helps prevent the cords from fraying and your family from tripping!
- Never touch exposed wire from a frayed cord. Encourage your kids to let you know if they see a frayed cord, and to keep their hands away from the exposed wiring.
Electricity doesn’t have to be a danger! Talk to your kids about electricity safety today.