Heed electricity’s hazards

Kids’ natural curiosity could have dangerous consequences

Posted on Jul 03 2021 in Marshall County REMC
Kid playing with outlet

Born with a natural curiosity, children are always exploring, asking questions and trying new things to understand the world around them. Unfortunately, that curiosity can be dangerous — and even deadly — when it comes to electricity.

Whether your kids are keeping cool inside or soaking up some vitamin D outside, they can always run into trouble. Your cooperative, though, wants to be sure they are safe from electrical hazards. Keep your children safe by teaching them the rules of outdoor and indoor electrical safety.

When outdoors

  • Do not climb trees near power lines or climb utility poles, transmission towers or fences around electrical substations.
  • Keep electrical cords away from water.
  • Never touch an electrical pole or wire that has fallen to the ground.
  • Watch out for thunderstorms. If you can hear thunder, you can be struck by lightning.

When indoors

  • Do not overload an extension cord with too many plugs.
  • Teach older kids how to safely plug in and unplug cords.
  • Remind children that water and electricity do not mix.
  • For younger children, install safety caps on outlets.

It is also important for children to know how to avoid electrical dangers, but also how to respond to an electrical injury. The most important rule is to never touch a victim who is still connected to a power source. The same current could travel to their bodies and injure them as well. If they can, either unplug or turn off the switch to the power supply. Inform children to never touch a live wire, even if it does not look dangerous. Lastly, be sure they know how to call 911 in an emergency if they ever need help.

If you have questions about keeping your family safe from electrical hazards, contact your electric cooperative. Help keep your children safe, wherever they are, by applying a few safety rules to their summer routine.