Here's the good news. Now is the time to explain in an age-appropriate way. Patience and repetition are essential to utilize with kids of all ages. If you have younger kids, teach them more straightforward rules that they can grasp, like not touching outlets. You can go into more detail with older kids, such as not using electrical appliances with wet hands. It is essential to realize that kids are curious, and leaving electricity a mystery to them can be dangerous.
Talk to Them about Electricity You know your child the best. Deciding when and how to talk with them about safety guidelines is ultimately up to you. Here are a few easy steps you can take to familiarize them with their home:
– Store all electrical appliances in bathrooms, such as hairdryers and electric razors, in a safe place out of reach of children.
-Make sure you have GFCIs installed anywhere in your home near the water.
-Make sure all your electrical outlets are childproofed with covers.
-Keep electrical cords and extension cords out of the way and not lying around your home.
A great option to consider is tamper-proof outlets. They protect kids from electrical shock. In addition, they have a safety feature that only allows plugs to be inserted because they have two or three points. This prevents kids from tampering with outlets since the outlet has a shutter that will close if a single pronged item such as a fork is inserted into the outlet.
Every year around 400 people are electrocuted in their homes, causing about 200 deaths. So it is essential to ensure your home is safe, especially with young kids. If you have any electrical concerns or are putting off fixing something, now is the time to fix that.