Electrical Safety Tips for Children
All children, regardless of their age, need to be aware of the dangers of electricity. While the following safety tips are for all children, there are some tips that are more applicable for older children.
- never stick your fingers or any object into an electrical outlet or light bulb socket
- keep fingers and other objects out of small appliances, such as toasters, even if the appliance is off
- never use an appliance near a sink, bathtub or other source of water
- keep electrical wires and appliance cords away from sources of heat
- keep electrical cords away from sinks, bathtubs and other sources of water
- never touch any electrical appliance or device, such as a light switch, hair dryer or toaster, if you are touching water
- never pull an electric plug out of the wall outlet by yanking on the electric cord
- unplug an electrical appliance before cleaning it
- never use any electrical appliance if you are wet
- if you see a worn, frayed or damaged electrical cord, tell an adult immediately
Children please visit our kid’s information pages Switched on Kids in association with the Electrical Safety Council where you will be able to find out much more about electricity.
The site explains what electricity is and where it comes from and gives advice on electrical safety in your home, along with a fun and learning zone, with screen savers to download, quizzes and games for children to enjoy. There is also information for parents and teachers along with lesson plans, posters and worksheets to download.
At Manx Utilities we are committed to helping educate children across the Island’s schools to ensure they are aware of the dangers of electricity, both in the home and whilst playing outdoors.