Electrical Safety Tips Your Kids Should Know:
Electricity is a wonderful thing. Without it most of our appliances and devices won’t work! Electricity is what powers everything that’s in your home. From your iPads, your car, your computer, and household appliances. Everything needs electricity in order to function.
Every electrical company in the Philippines provide devices that make it easier to handle electricity, but even with the many safety precautions that are built into these items, there’s still a risk of getting shocked!
As amazing as electricity is, it’s dangerous when not handled correctly. In fact, not everyone should be allowed to handle electricity in the way that professionals do. Getting shocked with large voltages of electricity can lead to fatal consequences!
With that being said, everyone should know basic safety precautions when working with electrical devices—especially those who might be using them the most, the kids. Here’s a list of safety tips that every child should know!
Never Place Your Bare Hands near Electrical Sockets
The electrical system of a house is usually designed to be hidden from sight, leaving only power points, (electrical sockets) out. Among everything that you have, only a device’s power plug should be inserted into it. Never put any other kind of object into a power point, especially metal products. If you do so, then you’ll surely receive an electric shock straight from the source. And if you don’t know, it will hurt—a lot.
Don’t Play Around with Metal Objects
Though it’s highly unlikely for a child to have a metal toy with them, there are still some objects that have at least a few metal parts in it. With that being said, don’t let your kid put those toys inside certain appliances (toasters, microwaves, ovens, etc.).
Speaking of metal objects, dining utensils such as spoons and forks should never find its way into an electrical socket.
Make Use of Safety Plugs
Found in hardware stores, plastic plugs can be a very cheap option to preventing any kind of electrical mishap from happening. Especially if you have very young children in your home, make it a habit to keep all the unused electrical sockets covered with these plugs. Take note that these safety plugs are plastic, and are not at all conductors of electricity.
Pull from the Plug, Not the Cord
If you’re the plug of an appliance, hold it near the end, where a rubbery part is placed. That part of the plug is designed to be its handle whenever you need to plug it in or plug it out. Do not pull the cord. With enough force, and a very tight socket, the cord, and the electrical wiring inside can get, depending on how hard you pull it.
Stay Away from Power Lines
Some power lines are very high up, while in residential areas, some are just a few feet above you. With that in mind, keep away from them. Don’t use kites, balloons, or remote controlled drones and such near them. The power lines are placed away from human reach for a reason. Also, you should never go close when a repair is happening on these power lines.
Every electrical company in the Philippines offer devices that make it easier and more convenient for people to handle their electronics. But at the end of the day, it’s a person’s activities and mindset that has the biggest impact to electrical safety in their homes. Keep in mind the following electrical safety tips and ensure your house is safe from electrical hazards!