Toddlers are naturally curious. Fit protectors over powerpoints to prevent any chance of electrocution. Get down on their level (literally) and see if you have overloaded powerpoints behind your TV and stereo. Clean things up, make it inaccessible, and check and discard any damaged leads or power boards. Teach your children at a young age about the dangers of electricity.
Lead by example. If a piece of toast gets stuck in the toaster never attempt to get it out with a metal object - young eyes may be watching. Turn the toaster off, disconnect the lead and get it out properly. Explain this to your children. Do not try and ‘patch-up’ frayed electrical cords or leads. Throw them out. Do not leave electrical cords hanging over a bench or table. Young hands will pull it - and the appliance it’s attached to - on top of them.
Watch the risk of burns around heaters, electric frying pans, kettles, stovetops etc.
Do not leave power tools and electrical appliances - like hairdryers - unattended and switched on.
Teach your children about the dangers of climbing power poles and transmission towers. Do not attempt to retrieve balls or toys that may have gone over a substation fence. Do not fly kites near powerlines. Look Up Look Out!
Working with Kidsafe Tasmania
Aurora has assisted Kidsafe Tasmania to produce a kit on electrical safety. The material included a television commercial, a brochure for parents and a colouring in/activity book for young children.
Visit the Kidsafe Tasmania website (external link).