It is estimated that there are over 30,000 electrical fires each year. These fires result in over $1 billion in damages and nearly 400 deaths. While many of these accidents could be prevented with proper education, a new study suggests that parents may not be as informed as they should be regarding electrical safety.
What does electrical safety mean?
Electrical safety refers to the precautions that should be taken to avoid fire, shock, or other hazards when using electrical equipment. This includes everything from outlets and cords to circuit breakers and surge protectors. Parents can significantly reduce the risk of an electrical accident in the home by taking a few simple steps.
Below is a detailed list of children’s electrical safety that every parent must know:
1- Avoid using extension cords:
Extension cords are one of the most common causes of electrical fires. If you must use an extension cord, make sure it is rated for the wattage of the appliance or devices you are plugging in. Also, inspect the cord before each use and do not use it if it is damaged.
2- Do not overload outlets:
Overloaded outlets are another leading cause of electrical fires. Do not plug more than two devices into a single outlet to avoid this. Use a power strip with built-in circuit protection if you need more than two devices.
3- Use light bulbs that match the fixture:
Using the wrong light bulb can lead to an electrical fire. Be sure to use light bulbs that match the wattage rating of the fixture. Additionally, do not use more than the recommended number of bulbs in a single fixture.
4- Do not leave cords dangling:
Cords that are left dangling can be a tripping hazard and lead to electrical fires. To avoid this, tuck cords behind furniture or use cord covers to keep them hidden. Consult a qualified electrician if you are unsure how to tuck away cords safely.
5- Do not use appliances near water:
Appliances such as hair dryers and curling irons should never be used near water. If an appliance falls into the water, unplug it immediately and do not use it until a qualified electrician has inspected it.
6- Use surge protectors:
Surge protectors can help to prevent electrical fires by absorbing spikes in voltage. Be sure to plug appliances and electronics into a surge protector rather than directly into an outlet. Additionally, only use surge protectors rated for the wattage of the devices you are plugging in.
7- Do not use damaged cords or outlets:
Cords and outlets that are damaged can pose a serious fire hazard. If you notice any damage, do not use the cord or outlet and have it repaired or replaced by a qualified electrician.
Electrical safety is an important issue that every parent should be aware of. Taking simple precautions can significantly reduce the risk of an electrical fire in your home. If you have any questions about electrical safety, be sure to consult with a qualified electrician. As parents, we need a Home Safety Day like we have World Cavity-Free Days. It will help increase awareness and bring the issue of electrical safety to the forefront.