Unsurprisingly, kids plus electricity are not a great mixture. Exploring children can easily come into contact with electrical devices and put themselves in danger.
According to Electrical Safety First , about 60% of mums and dads do electrical DIY when preparing for a new baby. However, they often miss the easiest ways to make their home safe.
To help you make your home secure for your own or any visiting children, we’ve come up with 3 tips for keeping kids safe from electricity.
1. Ensure you have RCD protection
An RCD is a residual current device. It’s a safety device that cuts an electricity supply off automatically if it detects a fault. If you touch something live, like an exposed wire, an RCD should stop the power before you get a fatal electric shock.
RCDs tend to be installed within fuse boxes, where they can protect several circuits and their wires, sockets and appliances. You can also get RCDs built into sockets and portable RCDs that you can plug into sockets if your fuse box doesn’t have them.
Some people decide to use socket covers if they have small kids. However, the only way to ensure a socket is safe is to make sure it has RCD protection. A socket cover actually doesn’t do much to improve plug safety and will not prevent an electric shock if the installation isn’t safe.
2. Don’t mix water and electricity
Most people know that water and electricity is a deadly combination and will ensure that electrical items stay outside of the bathroom. However, what is easy to overlook is that water and electricity can mix outside the bathroom.
If kids have been in the bath or paddling pool, ensure they’re dry before letting them loose in your home. Wet hands on switches and plugs can result in electric shocks. You also need to keep drinks away from gadgets like TVs and computers.
3. Keep appliances switched off
If you have children in your home, it’s a smart idea to keep all of your appliances turned off when you aren’t using them. This means that if they get broken or wet they are not as dangerous.
You should also ensure that you don’t keep appliance cords, like mobile chargers, plugged in and switched on. Little ones may put them in their mouths, which could be dangerous.
Putting these 3 tips into practice should help you make your electrics safer for children. If you want to find out if your electric installation has RCDs or need an electrician, we’re here to help. Complete our online form and we’ll connect you with up to 4 electricians in your area.
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