From Your Local Electrician: How to Teach Your Kids About Electrical SafetyMarch 14, 2019
Let’s face it: your children are going to be surrounded by potential electric dangers for the vast majority of their lives, even when they are young.
As such, it is very important to teach your kids about electrical safety so they are less likely to encounter a dangerous situation. If you are struggling with how or when to teach your kids about this subject, take some tips from your local electrician:
Do It Sooner Than Later
As soon as your child can understand what you are saying, you need to start educating them on the dangers of electricity. Of course, you probably cannot explain the reasoning behind not putting silverware in electrical outlets, but you should still strongly usher your child away from a situation that could potentially be dangerous by using a loud, resounding “No!”. This can be when they are trying to unplug a lamp or attempting to use an electrical device without your supervision. Even if your young child does not understand why they are not supposed to touch that object, they will start to associate it with a mild scolding.
Become a Subject Matter Expert
Kids are notorious about asking an endless number of questions, so unless you want to call your local electrician every time for some help, you should become a subject matter expert in electricity and its applications. Not only will this allow you to answer all of your child’s questions, this will also lead to you making more informed decisions about the electricity in your home. If you do not know where to start, look up a basic ‘concepts of electricity’ course online or ask your local electrician for some reading recommendations so that you can become a better teacher and homeowner.
Employ Visual Aids
Children are very visual, so if you spend the entire time simply talking to them, they will likely not take in very much of what you have to say, which could be dangerous. To keep their attention, bring some visual aids into the mix. Take apart a flashlight and demonstrate to your child how a current flows through the battery. Or, carefully unscrew an outlet from the wall to show your child the wiring behind it. You can also show your child the breaker box in your home and the next time someone blows a breaker, bring them along with you to fix it. This can be a fun bonding experience that is also educational!
Depending on your child’s age and where you live, you can decide what all you want to teach them about electrical safety. Yet, your local electrician would tell you that at a minimum, you need to cover: electrical outlets, unplugging cords, damaged cords, extension cords, light bulbs, electricity and water, kites, utility poles, downed power lines, lightning, and electrical fires. Once your children are at least ten years old, you can teach them more advanced lessons, such as treating an electrocuted person.