Today, we at Peterkin Electric would like to refresh our readers on electrical safety tips, as it is National Electrical Safety Month. With the focus on of keeping kids safe, below are some important electrical safety tips concerning children.
Installation of Child Proof Outlets
Small spaces are a prime target for toddlers that live to stick their fingers and other objects into it. Outlets are an extremely dangerous source of temptation. The especially crafty toddler still may be able to pry the several childproofing items on the market specifically made for outlets, off. The best way to ensure the safety of little ones that may be a bit too curious for their own good is by installing electrician-approved childproof outlets that can’t be removed by little hands.
Prevent Circuit Overload
Guide the little ones along the way when it comes to electrical safety as many kids use electronics every day, and while it’s important to allow kids to figure out how things work on their own. Teach your kids to not overload one outlet or extension cord. Make certain they’re not overloading it on strive to keep one particular outlet designated for charging their electronic devices. Discontinue use of an outlet that is sparking or is omitting a burning odor and contact an electrician.
Keep Water & Liquids Away from Electrical Outlets
An outlet or cord, or any electronic that is plugged in, needs to avoid moisture and kids that carry their drinks and snacks can cause damage. A short that could cause damage to your entire electrical system or start an electrical fire when liquids come in contact an outlet. GFCI outlets should be fitted in bathrooms and kitchens. When an imbalance is detected, preventing electrical shock, the GFCI outlets monitors the amount of electricity flow in a particular circuit and will cut power to the outlet. A pro can help install them for extra safety for you and the kids.
Electrical Cord Safety Rules
Teach the kids electrical safety in simple concepts can help them understand. Teach your children from a young age how to safely plug a cord into an outlet and how to remove it to increase safety. Cords yanked out of the socket can cause components of an outlet to be pulled out of place, which leads to fire hazards from the exposed wiring. Teach the children to gently remove the plug.
Outdoor Power Equipment
Where the majority of the electrical lessons come inside the home, it is important to be cautious of the outdoor electrical elements. Ensure you warn the children of the dangers of playing near green pad mount transformers, often referenced as electrical boxes, particularly around the dirt, while playing outdoors. Kids should steer clear of that area entirely where the electrical boxes indicate that there are electrical wires buried underneath the ground. Make sure they understand that they should never touch any damage to the boxes or components not to touch them and to notify an adult.