Infants, toddlers, and children are curious by nature. They like to explore
new things, get to know their surroundings, and discover the unknown.
Often, this means looking, touching, and feeling new things indoors and outdoors.
While this may be harmless when it involves seeing new animals for the
first time, meeting new people, and discovering every room in a house
or every corner of a backyard, it can mean “danger” when it
involves lamp cords, space heaters,
electrical outlets, water and electricity in the bathroom.
As a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, babysitter, or legal guardian,
it’s critical that you teach all children in your care to mind these
electrical safety tips:
- Never put your fingers in an electrical outlet
- Never stick objects in an electrical outlet
Do not stick metal objects like silverware or scissors in
- Do not pull plugs out by their cords
- Stay away from powerlines
- If a powerline is down, do not get near it
- Never climb a tree that is near a power line
- Never touch a tree that is near a power line
- Do NOT touch a large metal transformer box with a warning sign
- When you see a warning sign, don’t ignore it – obey it!
As an adult, there’s a lot that you can do to help
protect children from electrical hazards in your home. Whether you have children living with you or children who
visit, you can do a lot to make your home safe and prevent electrical
accidents. Our advice is to invest in safety outlets that prevent children
from sticking foreign objects in them. You can also block outlets by placing
furniture in front of them.
If you’re using an
extension cord temporarily, you can hide it behind furniture or invest in a “hide-a-cord
device.” You can also cover the unused holes on the cords with electrical
tape. We also recommend storing small electrical devices out of reach
and placing bathroom and kitchen appliances out of reach of curious little hands.
Watch Out for These Electrical Safety Hazards!