This week is Child Safety Week, we thought we would use this week to share some important tips on how to keep your children safe around electricity.
- Don’t rely on blanking plugs, these won’t prevent electric shock if your installation is not safe.
- The only way to be safe from fatal electric shock and reduce fire risk is to have RCD protection.
- Keep all appliance leads out of reach from children – especially for hot items.
- Never leave an unconnected appliance lead plugged in and switched on, young children may put the end of the lead in their mouth.
- Don’t leave appliances such as washing machines or dishwashers running during the night or when you are out.
- All appliances should be switched off when not being used.
- Ensure after having a shower or bath, children are fully dry before using a device.
- Also not letting kids run straight from the paddling pool into the house!
- Keep all liquids away from anything electrical!
Dos & Don’ts for charging safety in Children’s or Teenagers’ Bedrooms!
As we know, children today are growing up with a lot more electronic gadgets than their parents did. However, most kids are unaware of the serious dangers.
Some teenagers or children may leave their phone charging on their bed or sleeping with it under their pillow which leaves not only their life at risk but the whole household. Charging electronic devices can have major consequences and easily become fire hazards.
Here is a list of Dos and Don’ts for charging safely in bedrooms:
- Make sure laptops, phones, tablets are charged on a hard surface like a table.
- Make sure rooms are tidy and dust free. Clothing left on electrical devices such as game consoles can cause vents to be blocked and devices to overheat…then catch fire.
- Get into the habit of switching all electronic devices off before bed.
- Ensure to check sockets, plugs and cables for signs of wear.
- Make sure that children know how to use electric appliances safely.
- Charge phones or other electronic devices on your bed or under a pillow as this can cause overheating and fires. It is best to avoid charging devices overnight.
- Use fake or unbranded chargers. Most do not meet UK safety regulations and can cause electric shock, injury or even a fire.
- Overload plug sockets!
- Put any liquids near electric appliances.
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