At Fulmin Electric we know that thing that you value the most is your family. That’s why we want to address how to promote electrical safety with your children. Children are naturally curious and want to check out their surroundings. But in the case of electrical outlets, cords, and power lines it is of paramount importance that your children know how to interact safely. Each year roughly around 2,400 children will end up in the emergency room with injuries caused by improper use of electrical items. We want to do whatever we can to help that statistic go down.
For indoor electrical safety you will want to make sure that you are teaching effectively for the age of your children. If they are very young a detailed explanation of the dangers of electricity might go right over their heads. But using strong and consistent language can let them know the severity of this subject. Utilizing outlet covers can be very helpful for a household with young children who want to fit their fork, toy or finger into an outlet. You will also want to make sure that you are putting away electronic devices after you are done with them. Leaving out a curling iron, or hand mixer may lead to some mishaps. If your children are older you will want to show them the proper way of dealing with electrical issues such as not to overcrowd outlets, not to use frayed wires and how to change a light bulb.
When teaching your children about outdoor safety it is always good to emphasize that they should stay away from any structure with the warning: Danger High Voltage. They also should also stay away electrical power lines. That may mean not climbing in certain trees and definitely never touching a downed power line. Also remind your children to never go swimming during a storm and that they should come inside during a thunderstorm.
These are just some starting points on how to talk to your children about electrical safety. Another good resource can be found at http://www.esfi.org/kids-safety which provides bookelts and other resources to talk to your kids about this important subject.