Electrical Safety With Kids

Protect children from potential electrical hazards.

Childproof Your Home

Young children (especially toddlers) can easily find areas with potential electrical hazards. Prevent potential injury from electric shock by childproofing your home. Make sure to:

  • Cover all outlets throughout your home
  • Check wires to make sure they're insulated
  • Move or tuck away wires from reach
  • Store appliances in cabinets with child safety locks when not in use
  • Avoid using electric appliances in areas of your home with water (like bathrooms)
Outlets with plastic covers

Teach About Electrical Safety

Children are naturally curious so it's important to talk with them about how to stay safe around electricity (both inside and outdoors). Start here:

  • Never play with or use electronics around water
  • Only plugs go in outlets
  • Don't touch wires or cords
  • Look up before climbing trees to make sure there are no powerlines

Parent or educator? Explore games and activities you can use at home and in the classroom.

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