Electricity is all around us. That is why it is extremely important to teach kids electrical safety once they begin to become curious about their environment.
When & how should I teach them?
When they are very young, it is best to keep the terms vague, as they won’t yet be proficient in understanding the why and the how. At this stage, it is easiest to deter using words like “no” and “ouch.” Remember to also utilize childproof safety tools, like outlet covers and cabinet locks.
Once your child is receptive to conversation and learning, you can start to use different tools to teach them the basics of electrical safety. A good tip is to utilize the many resources people have already created for this exact reason, such as videos, video games, guides, and books about electrical safety. These are fun ways to encourage and promote learning. Your child may even want to continue learning on their own!
Once they reach school age, you can start to lay down concrete rules to keep them safe. You can also teach them the complexities of what electricity is. Some parents might find it fun to do some science experiments with their children to encourage curiosity and learn more about why and how electricity works!
What should I teach them?
Here are some simple rules to keep kids safe around electricity.
- Stay away from large electrical equipment; light poles, electrical boxes, etc.
- Do not pull on cords.
- Stay away from wires that appear broken.
- Do not stick anything in an outlet, except for electrical plugs.
- Water and electricity do not mix.
- Do not climb trees close to power lines.
- How to call 911 if someone appears hurt.
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