As a parent, you must be sure to implement basic safety precautions in your home. Teaching your children about safety is essential to their survival. Electrical safety is one of the most critical subjects to teach your children.

1. Teach Your Children

Begin teaching your children about safety as soon as they’re able to understand you. The more you repeat safety basics, the more likely your children will retain that information. Simple words like, ‘No!’ ‘Stop!’ and ‘Hot!’ are a good place to start.

When pointing out electrical outlets, caution kids against yanking plugs from the outlet. They also need to know not to place their fingers inside the holes of the outlets. Older children can remember The Spruce advises that small appliances like phone chargers need 15-amp circuits. Remind them electrical cords should not be frayed or broken.

2. Make Kids Part of Your Safety Precautions

Implement weekly ‘Safety Tours,’ where you and your children walk around the home and check safety features in the house. You and the kids can look for frayed power cords or missing faceplates from outlets. After a few practice ‘tours,’ you can designate them as the family’s ‘Electrical Safety Monitors’ and delegate those safety rounds to them.

Another essential subject to discuss with your children is that electricity and water don’t mix. They should be cautioned against placing electrical appliances near sinks or in the bathtub. Remind them to look at any electrical cord before plugging it in. If it’s wet, warn them not to insert the plug.

3. Practice Electrical Safety Outdoors

Just as you teach your child about electrical safety indoors, you can identify safety hazards when you’re outdoors. Instruct them not to fly their kites near power lines or during lightning storms. You should also encourage them to find shelter outdoors in a lightning storm. Being hit by lightning is one of the most common causes of electrical injuries.

You’ve already given them instructions about not using electric appliances near water, and you should reinforce those instructions outdoors. The bodies of water outdoors will be larger, so your instructions will become even more important. If your child or teen uses any electrical appliance outdoors remind them to bring those appliances indoors after using them.

4. Keep Your Home Safe

If you’ve designated one of your children as the family’s Electrical Safety Monitor, be vigilant if they report frayed or exposed electric wiring. If exposed wiring is discovered, be sure to have the wiring repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Faulty electric wiring is one of the most common causes of electrical injuries to children, and preventing such injuries can be as simple as fixing the wiring.

In addition to possible injuries, there could be more severe consequences if exposed wiring is not repaired correctly. Finding a significant amount of exposed electrical wiring could lead to your home as uninhabitable. Statistics show 300,000 to 400,000 homes are demolished each year after they’re declared uninhabitable.

5. Know What to Do

Even the most careful person can sometimes sustain an electrical injury. If one of your children sustains an electrical injury, consider seeking damages. If you’re considering this, you may want to know if you can pursue two types of damages: economic and non-economic.

Economic damages in a personal injury case are meant to compensate for measurable losses, such as medical expenses. Non-economic damages for personal injury are not measurable. An example may be the perceived amount of suffering of the client. An attorney can explain these differences to you and guide you through the case.

As a parent, your children’s safety will always be one of your priorities. Teaching children about safety precautions in your home – and outdoors – is an essential element of parenting. As they grow, they’ll have assimilated the guidelines you taught them, and be able to pass on the importance of safety precautions to their future children.