Electrical Safety for Kids
July 13, 2018
While having kids out of school for the summer offers a brief – but enjoyable – time for them to get away from the stresses of homework for a few months, they’re not totally out of the woods. They may not have to remember the intricacies of fractions or memorize the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, but there are still some vitally critical things they need to know during this time of freedom.
Days spent outside are some of the best memories we have, but it’s important to tell your kids about the importance of staying safe around what can be some dangerous pieces of equipment. The same goes for when the sun goes down and they’ve got to come on back inside – plenty of things indoors can harm them as well. Take a few minutes to let your child know what to look out for, and what not to do around these things that can potentially hurt them.
Electric Today cares about our Tampa neighbors, and we want everyone to stay safe while they enjoy the summer with their families. Here are a few simple tips your children should follow for safe fun in the sun adventures.
While it’s not possible to totally be sure of what your kid is doing at all times, you can give them a general set of “no-no’s” so they know what to avoid.
- Don’t stick anything in an outlet that doesn’t belong there. Kids have a tendency to get curious, and we all know what happens when a wayward fork finds its way into one of these electrically charged receptacles. If your child is young enough not to know better, plastic plug caps are an effective deterrent.
- Remove cords from areas with heavy foot traffic. They’re just asking to be tripped over if you leave them strewn about – and wandering eyes will follow the cords to the outlets they’re plugged in to.
Here’s where it gets tricky. Once kids are outside, there’s no telling what they’re going to be up to, unless you can keep them confined to a certain area. Ideally, you’d be able to trust their judgement to not investigate anything that could end up harming them, but you can never be too careful.
- Tell them to avoid downed power lines, no matter what. Even though they might not look like they’re carrying a live current, power lines can carry energy to objects in the immediate area that can be just as dangerous.
- Similarly, don’t get anywhere near transformers or electrical substations. They’re typically designed to be safe unless protective covers are removed, but you’d rather be safe than sorry.
- When a storm starts to form – especially if you hear thunder or see lightning – get inside. Lightning strikes are one of those things that seem like they “always happen to someone else,” but you don’t want to be that person.
For any other electrical safety questions or more information about how you can make sure you’re armed with the electrical know-how you need – or if you’ve just got an electrical problem and need a professional — call Electric Today at 813-653-4221!