Kids, take charge of your electrical safetyElectricity is amazing stuff. It can power everything from your iPad, a car, a sports stadium, a gaming console ...
However it can also be dangerous. Electrical incidents injure or kill approximately 16 Australians every week – 13 per cent of these occur in children aged 0–14 years. In many cases, these incidents are preventable.
Lumo Energy has created an infographic to help parents and teachers create a healthy respect for electricity among children:
Electrical safety for kids is really important. Kids don’t always understand its dangers, so it’s important to teach them how to take charge of their electrical safety.
Here are 15 tips to keep kids safe around electricity:
How to be spark smart
1. Never put an object into a power point (other than a power plug).
2. Don’t overload one power point or power board.
3. Use plug caps when you have small children in the house.
4. Pull from the plug, not the cord.
5. Never put metal objects in the toaster.
6. Don’t put objects containing metal in the microwave. Watch out for gold-lined cups and plates as well as kitchen foil.
7. Never touch a worn, frayed or damaged electrical cord. If you find one, tell an adult immediately.
8. Never use electrical appliances if you’re wet, standing in water or near water.
9. Never put drinks on top of your video game console or other electrical devices.
10. Keep electrical wires and appliance cords away from heaters.
11. Always turn off a light at the switch before changing a globe.
12. Stay away from power lines. Never climb trees near power lines or touch power lines if they fall.
13. Don’t use kites, balloons or remote-controlled drones or planes near power lines.
14. Never throw things onto power lines.
15. Stay away from transformers and electricity substations.
16. Never swim during a thunderstorm.
17. Never plug in an electrical appliance near a pool.
Children are commonly injured by poking objects inside appliances or unused power points, or by playing with appliances. Boys aged over nine years are most susceptible. Seventy-seven per cent of childhood electrical injuries happened in the home. Remember: if you’re not sure, ask an adult!