Elec­tric­ity safety tips

Lesotho Times - - Property -

ELEC­TRIC­ITY is a nor­mal part of ev­ery­day life and it’s easy to for­get how dan­ger­ous it can be. Hun­dreds of peo­ple are in­jured or even killed by elec­tric­ity each year. That’s why deal­ing with even small elec­tri­cal prob­lems sooner rather than later is prefer­able.

Elec­tri­cal safety is of para­mount im­por­tance to par­ents. He says kids are nat­u­rally cu­ri­ous and don’t al­ways know how dan­ger­ous elec­tric­ity can be, or what to do to keep safe.

Be­low are top seven tips to help keep your kids safe around elec­tric­ity:

Cover elec­tri­cal out­lets Kids just can’t seem to re­sist elec­tri­cal out­lets. The temp­ta­tion to stick their fin­gers, a key or a fork tine into the socket puts them at real risk of elec­tric shock. Pro­tect your chil­dren by buy­ing out­let cov­ers. These cov­ers are cheap and easy to use — sim­ply push them into the socket the same way you would a plug. They’re too close fitting for lit­tle hands to re­move, but you’ll be able to pull them out eas­ily when you need to use the socket.

MAKE IT DIF­FI­CULT TO PULL OUT CORDS Chil­dren are nat­u­rally cu­ri­ous about any­thing and ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing elec­tri­cal cords. It only takes a mo­ment for a lit­tle one to grab a cord and pull it out, ex­pos­ing the socket.

To pre­vent this, think care­fully about where your out­lets for your TV, stereo, games sys­tem and so on are lo­cated. Could you rear­range the fur­ni­ture a lit­tle so that out­lets in use are harder to get to?

You can also buy a cord-hid­ing de­vice to keep cords away from lit­tle fin­gers.

STORE AP­PLI­ANCES OUT OF REACH Take care to keep elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances out of reach. Most smaller and more por­ta­ble de­vices can be hid­den away un­til needed.

Stash your DVD player or game sys­tem and the cord on a shelf out of kid­die range. Keep bath­room and kitchen ap­pli­ances such as hair dry­ers, elec­tric ra­zors, blenders and toast­ers in high cup­boards un­til needed.

KEEP AP­PLI­ANCES STA­BLE Stor­ing ap­pli­ances out of reach isn’t al­ways prac­ti­cal. For those ap­pli­ances you can’t stash away, such as your TV or lamps, it’s a good idea to make sure they’re sta­ble. Chil­dren can eas­ily pull or knock items over, which puts them at risk. Check the elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances that you’ll be us­ing around your kids, and make sure they can’t eas­ily be pulled or pushed over.

BE AWARE OF TRAIL­ING CORDS If you look around your home, you might find sev­eral ap­pli­ances with trail­ing cords. A child can eas­ily trip over a trail­ing cord and hurt them­selves, or grab the cord and pull the plug out. You can quickly and eas­ily shorten cords. All you need to do is wrap the ex­cess around your palm, then hold the gath­ered cord and se­cure it with a tie or duct tape. You can also run cords round door frames or bury them un­der car­pets to keep them from trail­ing.

BE AWARE OF PO­TEN­TIAL DAN­GER Keep your eye out for po­ten­tial elec­tri­cal haz­ards in your home. You should al­ways be wary of… - Frayed or dam­aged power cords - Sock­ets that buzz when you plug some­thing into them

FLICK­ER­ING LIGHTS - Sock­ets that work some­times but not al­ways - Sparks or a burn­ing smell from any socket - Plugs that don’t fit flush in the socket If you see any signs of elec­tri­cal prob­lems, give a qual­i­fied lo­cal elec­tri­cian a call. Af­ter all, when it comes to your chil­dren, your safety and your home, it’s al­ways bet­ter to stay safe than sorry.

Ed­u­cate your kids As soon as your kids are old enough to un­der­stand sim­ple in­struc­tions, talk to them about elec­tri­cal safety.

There are lots of re­sources on­line to help chil­dren learn about elec­tric­ity.

Teach your kids the ba­sics about not touch­ing sock­ets, how to plug and un­plug things, and when it’s okay to use an ap­pli­ance, or when it’s bet­ter to ask a grown-up for help. Chil­dren love to learn about new things, so make it fun and help them stay safe.

It’s easy to keep your kids safe from elec­tric­ity around the home. Just stay vig­i­lant and take a mo­ment to look at your out­lets, ap­pli­ances and cords, and think about how you can make elec­tric­ity safer for the lit­tle peo­ple in your life. — Prop­erty24

Kids just can’t seem to re­sist elec­tri­cal out­lets. Pro­tect your chil­dren by buy­ing out­let cov­ers.

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