Unfortunately, there is an increasingly large of electrical accidents, most of them happen at home and have involved children. Children are the most exposed to such accidents. These small human beings are full of curiosity and eager to explore the environment. One of their most common pleasures is to stick different things into the sockets or into electronic devices.
Therefore, it is critical to supervise your children and take measures to minimize the risk of electrocution.
You do not want a tragedy happen and prevention is the best for your family safety.
1) It is extremely important to have checked your home wiring and domestic electrics every ten years. Knowing every electrical device is working properly, gives you peace of mind.
2) Make sure all the sockets are plugged with plastic covers, which will prevent your toddler to insert things inside.
3) Most important you can use a Residual Current Device, which can disconnect quickly in case of electrocution.
- – In U.K. is known as Residual Current Circuit Breaker (RCCB)
– In U.S.A. and Canada is known as Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI), or Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI)
– In Australia is known as Appliance Leakage Current Interrupter (ALCI)
4) If you need to use extension cables, make sure that they are not damaged and the insulation is intact. Choose strong extension cables and run them only under the carpet or your rug, away of children.
5) DO NOT run extension leads off extension leads. It is better to hire a professional electrician, which can install for you the necessary socket.
6) DO NOT ALLOW your toddler to play with electrical devices.
7) DO NOT ALLOW electrical cords hang. This is a big temptation for any child to grab them and pull the electrical device.
8) Because, Christmas is coming, you should pay more attention to your children. They will be tempted by Christmas lights, and can try to pull the cords. It is a good idea to buy low voltage Christmas lights.
9) However, DO NOT leave children unattended. This is the best protection.