How safe are your children when it comes to electricity? Most of you have taken precautions by choosing an electrician who will seal your sockets and ensure all open wires are deal with in the house, to protect your children from shock or electrocution that can be fatal. What about outside? Are they as safe? Do they know of the possible dangers? Here are some safety tips on electricity for your kids when they are outside the house.
· Avoid electrical outlets and wires
Teach your children the difference between open and closed outlets, although it depends on how old they are. All kinds of outlets are a no-go zone for kids and the best way to teach them is by learning the 'volt' sign that is usually on all electrical outlets. Electrical cords or wires or should be kept out of sight from them as well by placing them out of their reach. For instance, avoid leaving electrical gadgets such as blow-driers and phone chargers plugged in after use.
· Teach them about danger signs
As your kids learn about different signs and diagrams, teach them about danger signs. Let them be aware of areas marked danger, high voltage, do not open, keep away from x and y etc. In time, they adapt to such signs and can save other children or siblings from danger in school or parks, when you are not around.
· Avoid climbing transmission towers or gaps near substations
Children love climbing trees and tree houses. These trees could be near power lines and incase of any accidents that may occur near them, your kids could be in great danger. Survey the playground for any power lines before allowing them to climb trees and if your kids are too young and naughty to understand; the tree can always be replaced by a new one, on a different location.
· Do not throw objects at electrical wires or utility poles.
Outdoor activities are great, especially during summer holiday. Flying kites, for example, might be more of a danger to your kids, than a game. If you are flying them, make sure they are not made of wires and fly to them only when the weather is dry and in spaces away from power lines. Once it gets stuck, the kite acts like a wire, through which electricity will pass to your kid. During the rainy season, throwing objects at utility poles can also trigger electricity which can cause sparks that could burn them too.