Keep Your Children Safe At Home!
Approximately two thirds of parents will complete electrical DIY in the home as part of the preparation. Meanwhile, they usually do so without taking the necessary safety precautions and as children grow they can also be exposed to all sorts of hazards.
There are some easy steps that you can take to provide the safety of your children and the whole family.
The main rules to keep your children safe around electricity:
- Don't have reliance in socket blanking plugs for your child's safety. Regular sockets are often safe and socket covers will not prevent electric shock if the installation is not safe.
- Provide RCD protection - this is the only way to be safe from a fatal electric shock and reduce the risk of fire, either in the fusebox or as a plug-in.
- Prevent appliance cords of the reach of children, particularly those connected to hot items such as kettles, irons, hair straighteners or hairdryers.
- Don’t leave an unconnected appliance cord plugged in and switched on (for example, a mobile phone charger). Young children may be tempted to put the end of the cord in their mouths.
- During the night or when you are out, don’t leave appliances like washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers running . If you do not have an RCD in your fusebox, use a plug-in RCD for these items.
- Appliances should be switched off when not in use.
- After a bath or shower, you should make sure your children are dried off thoroughly before they go anywhere near electrical things like games consoles – water and electricity can be deadly.
- This also means not letting your kids run straight from the paddling pool into the house where there are plugs, sockets and switches. Get them dry first.
- Keep drinks away from TVs, DVD players, stereos, speakers, computers, games consoles and anything else electrical.
Playing in the garden
There are a lot of potential electrical hazards in the garden. For instance, lawn mowers and hedge cutters can cut through their own electric cables, causing a risk of electric shock. It’s very significant to be vigilant at all times, particularly if young children are around.
Always use an RCD, if you are working with electrical equipment in the garden.
Get the app
To ensure your peace of mind, why not download our free smartphone app, Home Electrical Safety Check, and carry out basic visual checks in your home.
The app has been designed to be as easy to use as possible and will highlight any hazards that need attention.
Socket Blanking Plugs
We don’t promote the use of socket blanking plugs as we don’t consider normal household sockets a serious risk to children.
These sockets have built in safety shutters to prevent access to the live parts inside. However, we understand that using these plugs may give parents and carers additional peace of mind. It’s your choice.