As every parent knows, kids can get their hands into places that we never imagined. With more kids staying at home and opting for online learning during the pandemic, there is an increase in the usage of gadgets, video game consoles, and computers.
It might get challenging to keep your kids away from the electrical items they should not be playing with. That’s why the Hi-Lite Electric licensed electricians in Toronto want to teach you and your kids the importance of implementing electrical safety tips to keep your children safe and decrease the chances of electrical surges within your home.
Our licensed electricians want to make sure that your kids practice safe habits when it comes to everything electric. So, we’ve rounded up 8 of the most important safety tips to teach your children.
Most parents assume that once their kids are no longer babies or toddlers that they won’t put their fingers into electrical outlets. Sometimes, though, curiosity takes over a child’s imagination and they’ll take the chance to see if something works, even though they might not understand how it really does.
It’s important to talk to your kids about how electricity comes out of electrical outlets and explain why it is dangerous to put your fingers or objects inside of them because it will cause electrocution. Explain to them how electricity can travel through their bodies, and that getting electrocuted can cause death or serious injury. To safeguard your electrical outlets, be sure to childproof them with outlet protectors.
Since kids are using multiple gadgets at once in a particular space at home, it might seem convenient to plug all their devices into one power strip or outlet. In fact, by doing this you risk tripping the circuit breaker, and this could cause an electrical fire.
Explain to your kids not to overload power strips by plugging only a few cords at a time. Then, when they are done using those gadgets, unplug them and then re-plug the new set of gadgets they want to use into the power strip. This will prevent overloading them.
Teach your kids that electrical cords don’t last forever and eventually get damaged or torn with natural wear and tear. Show them what a damaged electrical cord looks like with an old cord in your home. Then, remove that old cord and replace it with a new heavy-duty extension cord.
Be sure to demonstrate to your kids how to keep electrical cords neat and tidy when they are in use. For instance, make sure they plug cords into electric sockets away from obstructions where people or pets might trip over. Examples of obstructions are plants, side tables, and chairs. Ensure they don’t plug electrical cords in a space where there is a lot of traffic in your home such as a hallway or doorways.
Demonstrate to your kids the proper way to remove electrical cords out of its socket or power strips. Many children and even adults simply pull electrical cords out of the wall, but this isn’t the proper way to remove them. Always unplug cords by pulling the attachment plug slowly out of its socket.
It might be tempting to give your kids a bath while they play with their tablet or leave it sitting on the bathroom counter while they are bathing. However, what happens when your child starts splashing water in the bathtub? If water lands on appliances or electronics that are turned on or off, it can cause electrical shocks. It is important to teach your kids that water and electronics do not mix.
Before your child takes a bath or shower, remove all electronics from the bathroom. If you bathe your baby in the bathroom sink, then remove hair dryers, shavers, or any type of hair appliances close by and place them in the bathroom drawers.
Also after bath time, make sure your child doesn’t make a grab for their tablet or other electronics until they are completely dried off with a towel. If they are slightly damp and touch any non-secure devices or electrical cords, they can still get an electric shock.
Besides water, kids should keep electronics, devices, and electrical cords away from items that release heat. For example, do not place tablets near a portable heater. Also, remember that kids have wild imaginations and will try things that never cross our mind such as put tablets inside toasters or microwaves. Therefore, make sure your kids understand that excessive heat and electronic devices could result in an electrical fire.
Once your kids are done using their devices, be sure they unplug electrical cords and power strips that are not in use. If your children move their devices to another part of the house where they use another electrical socket or power strip, be sure to put those electrical wires away, as you don’t want any excessive cords lying around.
Teaching your kids these 8 safety tips is vital for them to use electrical devices in a responsible manner.
If you would like a free quote on our services, our licensed electricians at Hi-Lite Electric are here to help you. Call us in Toronto at 416-800-5523, in York Region at 289-207-0324, and in Peel Region at 289-216-0548, or contact us here.
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