Keeping Children Safe

KeepingChildrenKey Points

  • Teach kids to never touch a power line or anything that may be touching a power line.
  • Never bathe children with a plugged-in electrical appliance like a radio or hair dryer nearby.
  • Teach kids to recognize the odor of natural gas.

Keeping children safe always has to be a top priority. All of us realize that children don’t always know what can be dangerous, so it is our responsibility as adults to keep them safe and to teach them how to be safe around electricity and natural gas.

Electricity

  • Teach kids to never touch a power line or anything that may be touching a power line. That includes tree limbs, kite string, or anything else that is in contact with a line. Make sure children never climb trees, build tree houses, or fly kites near power lines.
  • Never allow children to play on or around green pad-mounted transformers that may be in their neighborhood.
  • Keep all electrical products out of the reach of children.
  • Use plastic outlet caps when there are young children in the home.
  • Always keep power tools and electric lawn tools away from any sources of outdoor water, including sprinklers and pools.
  • Never bathe children with a plugged-in electrical appliance like a radio or hair dryer nearby.
  • Always unplug small appliances when not in use.

Natural Gas

  • Teach kids to recognize the odor of natural gas.
  • Explain that if they smell that odor in their home, they should get everyone out immediately. They should go to a neighbor’s home or another safe location and have the neighbor call 911 and notify the gas company.
  • If they smell a gas leak, they should never use anything in the home that might create spark-so no using the phone or cell phone, or opening an electric garage door, or starting a vehicle in an attached garage. Just leave.
  • Teach them not to play with gas stove burner knobs.