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Electricity Safety Tips for Kids

While we all value electricity and use it on a day-to-day basis, it can be extremely dangerous, especially for children. To ensure your child’s safety, here are some things of which children (and adults) should be aware:

  • Keep electrical cords away from water.
    • In the bathroom: Keep electrical cords from things like dryers, curling irons and portable radios away from wet areas.
    • In the kitchen: When using toasters, mixers or other devices with electrical cords, make sure they’re being used in a safe, dry area.
  • Never stick objects into appliances with electrical currents.
    • If something gets stuck inside a toaster, never use a fork or knife to remove the object. This could lead to an electric shock.
    • Don’t let a child put anything into the microwave without an adult’s assistance.
    • Never stick your fingers into a socket.
  • Don’t climb trees that are growing next to power lines, or have power lines running through them.
  • Always steer clear of fallen electrical wires.
  • Never enter the premise of a swimming pool during a storm.
  • Don’t play with or bite electrical cords.
  • Don’t pull on a cord to unplug an appliance. Instead, remove from the socket by holding onto the plug itself.
  • Do not fly kites, model airplanes or balloons near power lines.
  • Don’t touch electrical cords that are broken or have a wire exposed.
  • To prevent a fire, don’t overload an outlet with too many plugs.

 

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