From heating and cooling to the growth of digital devices and technology, today’s homes are more reliant than ever on electricity. It’s such a part of everyday life that most of us probably don’t give a thought to the fact that it can be deadly – especially in homes with small children. Here are a few tips to help keep kids – and parents – safe.
From hairdryers to toasters, our basic household electrical appliances can number in the dozens. But caution needs to be exercised around them – in particular in damp environments such as the kitchen, bathroom or laundry.
Ensure that appliances or electrical tools are kept out of reach of children, and that they’re unplugged and put away when not in use. Educate children about the dangers of electric shock if appliances come into contact with water.
Large appliances such as washing machines, clothes dryers and dishwashers are often left to run for long periods of time without supervision – posing a potential risk for young children who may want to play in or around these appliances. Ensure that these are only run when you’re around to keep an eye on things, and consider blocking off these areas from very young children.
Sockets and cables
Power points and power boards can be an intriguing prospect for young children. Install safety covers on plugs and sockets to reduce the risk of probing fingers and an electric shock.
Additionally, be mindful of cables and cords, which can pose a risk of electric shock if wires are exposed through damage, or plugs are pulled partially out from a wall socket. There can also be a risk of burns if a child pulls on the cord of an iron or kettle. Use ties and pins to keep cables out of the way of small children, wind up the cables of appliances when not in use, and replace worn or damaged cables immediately.
Transformers and poles
It’s not just indoors that caution needs to be exercised. Fuse boxes, transformers and power poles can be a temptation for young children and may pose a risk of electrocution. Always supervise children when they’re playing outside, and advise them about the need to stay away from these structures.
Supervision and awareness of the home environment are key ways to minimise the risk of electric shock, but education goes a long way as well. Encourage children to ask questions or seek advice before interacting with any type of electrical item.
As a 24 hour emergency electrician in Sydney, we’ve seen our share of electrical emergencies – so we can help with dealing with electrical problems as well as child-proofing your home in the first place.
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