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Children And Electricity

Here are some simple rules for children to follow:

  • Play safely ... away from any powerlines. 
  • If kites, model airplanes or balloons touch or get stuck in overhead wires, even holding the string or control wire can cause serious injury. 
  • Stay away from areas marked Keep Out or Danger
  • Climbing hydro poles, towers or fences surrounding electrical equipment or trees near power lines is extremely dangerous. You could be severely hurt or killed from coming in contact with powerlines or falling. 
  • Never to poke or push things into electrical equipment or outlets. 
  • Don’t stick anything into electrical outlets, into the end of an extension cord, or into electrical stuff that’s plugged in. 
  • Never stick a knife into a toaster! 
  • Ask a grown up to put safety covers on outlets if there are little kids in the house. 
  • Don’t plug too many cords into an outlet. Even using adapters to add cords can still cause overloads and fires. Ask your parents to buy a proper power bar. 
  • Don’t use any cords that look cracked, pinched, have loose plugs or look worn out. Never use cords that heat up when they’re plugged in even if they look okay otherwise. 
  • Don’t yank the cord from an outlet -- it can damage your electronic stuff or the outlet or both. 
  • Don’t touch outlets or switches if the cover is missing or broken. 
  • Don’t plug anything into an outlet if there’s water on the floor or counter near it. 
  • Don’t use hair dryers, radios, or any other electrical stuff in or near water – like the sink, tub or shower. 
  • Unplug hair dryers, straighteners and curling irons when you’re done with them. 
  • Don’t play near any power lines or electrical equipment like the green boxes you see in lawns or fields. 
  • Don’t get on any roof to play or to get a ball or toy if it lands up there. Powerlines usually attach to a house near the roof. If you touch one, it could kill you. 
  • Don’t climb trees near powerlines – tree branches can hide them. Remember, electricity can go right through the tree branch - and right through you! 
  • Don’t climb hydro poles or the fences around electrical stations – even if your ball goes in there. Get a parent to call the hydro company – they can help get it out. 
  • Remind your parents to look up and look out for powerlines if they’re working in the yard with a ladder or trimming trees. They should also call the electricity company before they dig holes to build a deck or a fence.

Electrical Safety Authority Powerline Safety Tips for Kids “Look Up Look Out” link:

Child Proofing

Each and every year children are injured or killed from simple electrical hazards in the home. If only that had been addressed before the injury or death occurred. Address these dangers right now and perform these simple safety steps:

  • Plug-in safety caps. These plastic caps simply press right into unused outlets. If an outlet is covered, small children cannot shove things like paper clips, knives, or any other metal objects in and outlet opening. However, be careful that when the cap is removed it’s not left out because it can turn into a choking hazard. 
  • Safety outlet with sliding covers. These look like a regular outlet but it has slider parts that cover the outlet connection. To plug in a device, simply push the sliding shutter aside, insert the plug, and you have power. When removed, the sliding shutter automatically slides back into place to protect the unused outlet. 
  • Multiple cord cover. There is actually a plastic cover that encompasses the entire assembly and the cord plugs, while allowing the cords to exit the device. This all but eliminates children from messing with the cords, thus eliminating the shock hazard. 
  • Bathroom appliances. Keep hair dryers and hair straighteners out of reach and put them away once you have finished using them. 
  • Oven and stovetop. Fit an oven door guard to prevent burns. Turn pan handles toward the back of the stove or install stove guards that prevent pans from being pulled over.

Childproofing website for parents with options for many different potential electrical dangers: