Electrical Safety and Children: How to Keep Your Family Safe
As you know, electrical safety is extremely important. That’s why we’re dedicated to offering Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR), Fixed Wire Testing and PAT Testing services to homeowners in London and South East England. Our services mean you can keep your house and family protected. But understanding electrical safety can be confusing and scary, especially for children.
So, we’ve decided to share some top tips from the experts at Electrician Courses 4U. Electrical accidents count for almost half of all house fires and many are unaware of the risks. This guide should provide you with the tools you need to inform your children and help them to understand the risk that comes with using electrical items.
From mobile phones, to laptops and games consoles, electrical items place children at risk. In fact, it’s estimated that almost 80% of children have taken risks with electricity and 1,000 people are injured from an electrical accident every singly day in the UK alone. Therefore, it’s essential than your children understand the importance of electrical safety.
Devices and flammable surfaces
EC4U points out that 53% of children have admitted to leaving their phone, laptop or tablet charging on their bed. This is a common cause of electrical house fires. The device heats up as it charges, leading to the battery overheating and setting alight, or even exploding. A further two in five children charge their phones under their pillow while they sleep. In this situation, the device is touching flammable materials, but is also unable to stay cool, which can quickly lead to fire.
Furthermore, cheap chargers make the risk of fire even greater. More than 27% of children have used a fake charger, leaving them at risk. While it might be tempting to purchase a secondhand charger, or a device from an auction site, poor quality electrical goods can quickly cause problems. Always purchase electrical appliances from a reputable source and opt for a manufacturer you know and trust. You should also only buy official branded chargers for phones and laptops. This is why regular PAT Testing is so important.
The dangers of plug socket covers
Additionally, 62% of new parents use socket covers in their homes. While you might think these protect your children from electric shocks, they can actually be more dangerous than the sockets themselves. Modern 13A plug sockets are safety regulated, but covers arn’t. In fact, the NHS has banned socket covers from their premises, stating: “the use of plastic 13A electrical socket inserts can overcome the safety features designed into socket outlets”.
Therefore, it’s important that all homes have proper RCD protection installed, to prevent electrical fires and any dangerous electric shocks. Currently, only 38% of new parents have RCDs fitted in their consumer units, even though they can be the difference between life and death.
EC4U’s infographic highlights the 10 key safety tips to keep your family – and your home – safe.
- Keep metal objects, such as cutlery, out of toasters
- Never put your fingers, or anything, into a plug socket
- Keep water away from electrical items
- Obey warning signs and never put yourself or others in danger
- When removing a plug, turn it off and don’t pull on the cord
- Never fly kites near power lines, always find an open space
- Stay away from power stations, no matter what the situation
- If you see a broken wire, don’t touch it and tell a parent
- Never leave devices plugged in and charging while you sleep
- Do not buy or use a fake charger or counterfeit electrical item
How we Can Help
At Hexo Services we provide professional, quality electrical testing services to residential and business clients. We ensure peace of mind and advise on electrical safety for both commercial and residential electrical systems. We’re based in London and offer services throughout London and the South East. However, we’re happy to travel further afield for larger projects. Get in touch for further information on 0207 3154151, or use the handy Contact Form or the Book Now Form.