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Electrical Safety for Kids

Posted on 1 February, 2016 at 23:05

  • DO ask a grown up to put safety covers on outlets if there are little kids in the house.


  • DO unplug hair dryers, hair straighteners and curling irons when you’re done with them.


  • DO remind your parents to look up and look out for powerlines if they’re working in the yard with a ladder or trimming trees. They should also call the electricity company before they dig holes to build a deck or a fence.


  • DON’T stick anything into electrical outlets, into the end of an extension cord, or into electrical stuff that’s plugged in. (your mom is right, never stick a knife into a toaster!)


  • DON’T plug too many cords into an outlet. Even using adapters to add cords can still cause overloads and fires. Ask your parents to buy a proper power bar.


  • DON’T use any cords that look cracked, pinched, have loose plugs or look worn out. Never use cords that heat up when they’re plugged in even if they look okay otherwise.


  • DON'T yank the cord from an outlet -- it can damage your electronic stuff or the outlet or both.


  • DON’T touch outlets or switches if the cover is missing or broken.


  • DON’T plug anything into an outlet if there’s water on the floor or counter near it.


  • DON’T use hair dryers, radios, or any other electrical stuff in or near water – like the sink, tub or shower.


  • DON’T play near any power lines or electrical equipment like the green boxes you see in lawns or fields.


  • DON’T get on any roof to play or to get a ball or toy if it lands up there. Powerlines usually attach to a house near the roof. If you touch one, it could kill you.


  • DON’T fly kites near powerlines, ever.


  • DON’T climb trees near powerlines – tree branches can hide them. Remember, electricity can go right through the tree branch - and right through you!


  • DON’T climb hydro poles or the fences around electrical stations – even if your ball goes in there. Get a parent to call the hydro company – they can help get it out.

 

Categories: Electrical Safety at Home

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