Teaching Your Child to Be Safe Around Electricity

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Every day, our children are exposed to a variety of different electrical hazards and as parents we must take the necessary precautions to help avoid them. Keeping kids safe is a full time job, especially when they’re really little and want to explore everything. An electrical supplier in London has put together the following advice for parents to help get you started.

There are lots of things you can do to safeguard your home, such as switching off all of your sockets and electrical appliances when they are not in use. You might even want to buy any plastic inserts for unused plugs. Keep cables out of reach of your little ones so that they can’t pull things like kettles or hair straighteners and hurt themselves. Cables that are trailed across the floor can also cause someone to trip over. For a clean and organized workspace, buy cable ties – perfect for bundling cords and keeping things tidy. It might be wise to put your DVD player or Sky box on a shelf or inside a cabinet so that they’re out of reach.

The main thing you can do to help your child avoid the dangers of electricity is give them a thorough education on it. After all, they need to understand it even when you’re not there to protect them or remind them. Teach them a variety of do’s and don’ts when it comes to electricity. For example, teach them how dangerous it can be to stick things into sockets or the toaster. They need to know to always obey warning signs and never put anything electrical in their mouths. If your kids have just had a shower or have been playing out in the paddling pool, don’t let them use their tablets or other electronic devices until they have dried off. Keep drinks away from electrical items, in case they get knocked over. Essentially, children need to know how to handle electrical products appropriately to avoid any serious accidents.

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.


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