It’s hard to imagine a life without electricity. From the moment we wake up to the minute we go to sleep our lives are dependent on it. Think about it …… washing, cooking, heating, lighting, we’re surrounded by it. Sometimes, it’s hard to remember that as incredible as electricity is, it can also be very dangerous and the results can be devastating. So as responsible electricians and parents, we thought it would be a good idea to share some of our tips for educating kids to respect electricity and to take care around it.
Start as early as you can
There’s no set age to start teaching your kids about electricity but as soon as you see them reaching out for electrical switches, then it’s time to start telling them about the good and the bad of electricity. If your child is over the age of 3 then he’s ready to learn and although he may not understand fully, he will be able to understand what he is allowed to do and not do.
Kids tend to find electrical outlets fascinating and try to put their fingers into them. You must make sure they’re kid friendly and cover them all with plastic covers. Also be sure to tell them about the dangers of inserting their fingers into the outlet and what could happen to them. Even if they don’t grasp the full implication of what you’re telling them they will understand that they must leave them well alone.
Show them how plugs and switches work
Spend some time pointing our power points and switches in your home and what they’re used for. Explain how electricity is carried through the wires and show them how a plug and a switch works.
Plugging in devices
If you’re happy that your child is old enough to plug in appliances then show them how to insert a plug in the correct manner. Let them practice with you by their side before allowing them to plug in without supervision. Also teach them the right way to unplug an appliance.
Frayed wires are one of the most common causes of electrical accidents. Teach your kids about frayed wires and the importance of never touching them or standing on them. Instead, instil into them that they must seek out an adult if they come across a frayed wire.
Water and electricity
As adults we all know the dangers of water and electricity coming together but sometimes we don’t tell this to our kids until something devastating happens. Start telling them about the dangers at the same time that you tell them about the benefits of electricity. Totally forbid them to touch electrical points with wet hands and keep an eye on them until such time that you are confident that they will follow the rules, and more importantly know the consequences of what could happen if they disobey.
Educating your kids about electricity and safety is never easy but for your own peace of mind it’s essential that you start to do this as early on as you can. Meanwhile if you need help with any domestic or commercial electrical matters then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling on 0429 139 039.