How to Approach Teaching Children About Electrical Safety

Monday, November 16, 2020 — Starion Energy
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As a parent or teacher, it can be difficult to convey to children the dangers of electricity. However, it is extremely important that they are taught about it and learn the proper techniques to stay safe. This blog will discuss some of the basic (and easy) steps you can take to teach your kids about electrical safety. It will also talk about the importance of teaching electrical safety to kids and some facts and information that everyone should know.

Educate yourself first

Before you can begin to teach anyone else about electrical safety, you have to educate yourself first. It’s important to be knowledgeable about the topic you are about to teach and therefore should do some research on your own before you begin. Be prepared to answer any questions that children may have and be sure you can explain it in a way that’s easy for them to understand.

Don’t postpone teaching electrical safety

Some people don’t consider it a priority to teach kids about electrical safety, but this should definitely be reconsidered. It’s extremely important for children to learn and understand electrical safety at home as early as possible. There are too many ways that kids can hurt themselves even when they are only at crawling ages. They might not understand how or why, but it is important to teach them that outlets and cords should not be touched as well as things like the dangers of electricity near water.

Use visual aids and hands-on projects (offer ideas)

Children are visual learners and, therefore, you should tailor your teaching to suit their needs. By using pictures and graphics to show them the dangers of improper electrical safety, they are more likely to understand and retain the information. If you show them how it can hurt them to stick fingers in outlets and touch hot light bulbs, they will be able to better remember this information rather than simply being told about it. Use children’s books and short YouTube videos to really drive the point home, or even have the kids do a fun project about electrical safety to help them gain an even better understanding.

Offer guidance for what’s appropriate for different age groups

The age of your child will play a factor in how much information you present to them, the type, and the method. For example, when they are younger you will want to use forceful, attention-grabbing, and short language (words like “No”) and consistent words and phrases so they become familiar with them. With older kids that are attending school and playing outside, they will need to be told explicit instructions about things like the dangers of downed power lines and how to avoid other electrical dangers. However, things like outlet safety, avoiding cords, and light bulbs are appropriate for children of all ages to understand.

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