Children are naturally curious. While this curiosity is both wanted and needed in life, it can lead them into trouble. Unfortunately, being able to distinguish between safe and dangerous situations doesn’t come as naturally as curiosity.
As parents, we need to take an active role in educating our children about electrical safety. Having witnessed one too many shocking encounters with electricity, WiCKS Electrical would like to help you keep your children safe.
When it comes to teaching your children about electrical safety, the earlier the better! I recommend starting to talk about safety when your children can communicate and understand what you are saying.
The earlier you start talking to them about it, the more likely that they are to retain this information. They will also be able to recognize and avoid dangerous situations more easily.
If your children are still too young to understand, there are plenty of ways to babyproof your home.
Demonstrate How It Works
We all learn in different ways but with children, demonstrations seem to be the most impactful. I know you’re probably thinking, “But how do we show our children something that is invisible?”
A simple way could be to show them static electricity. Rubbing your feet on a carpet or a balloon on your hair can be a fun way to teach your children about static electricity. The tingling in their fingers may also help them get a sense of electricity.
Show Your Children Around
Children retain information when they are able to associate words that you say with the world around them. Take your child on a tour around your home and point out electrical outlets, cords, and panels.
You could even take them outside, showing them the electrical box and overhead power lines. An interactive experience like this will ensure that your children will have fun while they learn.
Educate Your Children
The best (and possibly only) way to teach your children about a topic as ‘exciting’ as electrical safety is to make it entertaining. There are lots of resources in libraries or online that explain how things work while keeping it light. Making games and quizzes on electrical safety could also help the information be absorbed more easily.
Set Some Rules
Teaching your children about electrical safety may be difficult if they don’t fully understand the concept of electricity and its dangers. Until such a time that they do, these rules could help to keep your children safe:
- Don’t shove things into electrical outlets
- Avoid touching electrical appliances without an adult present
- Don’t climb trees close to overhead power lines
- Never touch electrical switches or outlets with wet hands
How WiCKS Can Help You Today
As a parent and an electrician, I understand the need to teach our children about electrical safety. For all your electrical needs, call Wayne today at 082 924 4775.