Teaching your kids about electricity

Children are curious creatures. After all, that’s what growing up is all about. The unknown holds many secrets for children’s need for experimenting is often how they process information the best.

The problem comes from the fact that most kids have a hard time recognizing and distinguishing between what’s harmless and what’s dangerous. And when it comes to electrical safety, there’s a lot they need to know and in many cases don’t. That’s what we’re here to talk about today – and that’s how you communicate with your kids about electrical safety.

Start early

As soon as your child is mature enough to understand, it’s a good idea to start teaching safety. Kids are very impressionable, especially early on in life, so starting young and teaching them what they can and cannot touch will help engrain that behavior inside them for the rest of their life.

Repeat yourself often

Ever hear that phrase ‘in one ear and out the other?’ That can be kids, sometimes. They are learning and growing at such a high rate that it’s hard for information to truly sink in sometimes. Because of this, you’ll need to repeat instructions, lessons and the like. Don’t make talking about electrical safety a one-time thing.

Communicate openly 

With kids, it’s always good to have more of a discussion than a lesson. Openly communicating with your child makes the conversation more interesting to them and as a result, they’re more likely to retain the information. They’ll be curious and maybe even excited if you go about explaining things the right way. And don’t be alarmed when they ask a ton of questions – that’s a GOOD thing!

Visual aids are a must

You don’t need to make full-blown demonstrations, but point to things and objects. Take them out and if they’re safe – let children handle them. The more your child knows and thinks about appliances, outlets and wires, the less likely it is that they will fall victim to an electrical accident.

When it comes to safety in general, nothing is more important than the health and well being of our kids. Take the time, explain things to them carefully and let them process it all. You’ll be surprised with just how quickly they take to things!