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Electricity Safety: Several Rules To Keep Safe

Nowadays, it’s impossible for modern people to imagine how our ancestors lived just 300 years ago without electricity. Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Michael Faraday - these good guys made our life much easier. However, what danger is hidden in electricity? There are some great rules for you to prevent very unpleasant, sometimes even dangerous accidents which can be caused by careless usage of electricity.

Rules for kids:

  • DON'T plug a bunch of stuff into one outlet or extension cord.
    It could damage the electrical system in your house or even cause a fire.
  • Make sure all electric cords are tucked away, neat and tidy.
    Pets might chew on electrical cords, and people might trip and fall.
  • DON'T ever climb the fence around an electrical substation.
    If a ball or pet gets inside the fence, ask a grown-up to call the electric company - they'll come and get it out for you.
  • DON'T yank an electrical cord from the wall.
    Pulling on a cord can damage the appliance, the plug or the outlet.
  • Fly your kite far away from power lines or substations.
    The kite and the string may conduct electricity - sending it right through you to the ground.
  • Ask a grown-up for help when you need to use something that uses electricity.
  • DO look up and look out for power lines before you climb a tree.

The electricity can go right through the tree branch - and right through you!

  • Have a grown-up put safety caps on all unused electrical outlets.

Covering outlets will also help save energy by stopping cold drafts.

  • Remind your mom or dad to watch out for power lines when they're using a ladder, chainsaw or other outdoor equipment.
  • Keep electrical stuff far away from water.
    Most electrical accidents around the house happen when people use electricity near water.

Rules for adults:

  • Don’t remove a plug from a power point by pulling on the cord; pull the plug instead.
  • Never plug adaptors into adaptors and avoid using adaptors filled with plugs where possible.
  • Switch off electrical items that are not in regular use at the plug and ensure that when we are away from the house for any length of time that you unplug and switch off electrical items as items left plugged in can be a fire risk and waste energy if left on standby.
  • Do not use any electrical items in the bathroom unless specifically designed for use there, eg. Shavers and electric toothbrushes. Even with these items however, take care not to get wet and avoid plugging and unplugging with wet hands.
  • Do not use items with damaged cords so that the wires are exposed. Either repair or replace. Check items regularly.
  • Do not use damaged sockets, replace with care when necessary.
  • Always turn the electrics off at the mains if carrying out any electrical repairs and only attempt repairs if you know what you are doing.
  • Ensure any electrical items are approved standard when purchasing and keep them correctly maintained where necessary. Look for the BEAB seal of approval.
  • Do not use electrical equipment outside if it’s raining.
  • Use the correct wattage light bulb for all light fittings.
  • Circuit breakers and fuses should be the correct size current rating for their circuit.

These simple rules can safe your family from a danger, which is hidden in one of the most marvelous breakthrough of humanity. And, don’t forget: hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst!