Last year, approximately 30,000 people suffered from non-fatal electrical shocks in this country. But we can teach you some ways to help keep each member of your family safe from electrical shocks and burns.
For the curious little person, wall sockets represent an intriguing challenge, making it very common for a child to poke small metal objects into wall sockets. (Forks are a favorite.) Plastic outlet plugs can prevent this.
Toddlers also chew or bite electrical cords and extension cords. Keep electrical cords and extension cords away from where toddlers can reach them.
Small appliances and small children are a poor mix, especially around water, not just because of electrocution dangers, but also burns. 70% of child-related electrical accidents happen at home where adult supervision is present.
Older children and adolescents endanger themselves through exploration of power towers, transformers, and electric train rails.
Job-related electrical accidents and do-it-yourself home electrical repairs are additional dangers adult family members may face.
How can we keep family members of all ages safe?
Talk to family members of all ages about electrical hazards. In addition, it’s important to read the instructions that come with appliances.
B) Adult supervision
Nothing beats the watchful eye of Mom and Dad around electrical hazards, cords and small appliances. Even an iPad charger halfway plugged in can shock tiny fingers. Do not allow small children access to these plugs.
A frayed cord or scorch marks are signs of an electrical hazard and should be dealt with immediately. If an appliance gives off an odd or unusual odor, turn it off and unplug the device.
Mobile phone charger fires are common because some chargers aren’t designed to stop when the mobile device is fully charged.
Don’t forget to call a certified, trained electrician for the safest way of handling home electrical jobs. We’re trained and have the right tools and equipment.