Each year a number of people get hurt or die from an electrical incident. Children often get hurt by poking objects inside electrical appliances or power points and by playing with electrical appliances. The majority of these incidents are preventable and it highlights the importance of teaching our children about electricity and safety. Children need to be taught that electrical appliances, cords, switches and outlets are not toys and are not to be played with. Steps you can take to ensure your children’s safety include:
Arrange for an electrician to inspect your switchboard to make sure you have sufficient safety switches installed.
Cover unused power points with plastic covers. Alternatively, have an electrician replace your existing power points with extra safe ones that have rotating shutters that keep the outlet closed when not in use.
Ensure electrical cords are not dangling from benches and within reach of children.
Switch off the power and unplug appliances when they are not in use.
Use power boards with inbuilt safety switches.
Do not use electric blankets for babies or young children, who may wet the bed.
Teach children that water and electricity do not mix. That means never touching anything electrical with wet hands or bare feet and to never use any electrical appliances near water.