Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative –
November 30, 2012
The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most stressful—particularly
when it comes to keeping your kids safe through parties, presents, travel, and
meals. Follow these tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International
(ESFI) to protect your little ones this holiday season. For more information,
About 70 percent of child-related electrical accidents occur at home when adult
supervision is present, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission. So make sure those new toys don’t pose a danger.
toys and other devices can be extremely hazardous if improperly used or used
without proper supervision.
- An adult
should supervise the use of any electrical product. Consider both the maturity of the child and
the nature of the toy when deciding how much supervision is required.
- Do not buy
an electrical toy, or any toy, for a child too young to use it safely. Always
check the age recommendation on the package, and remember that this is a
minimum age recommendation. You should still take into account your child’s
- Never give
any child under 10 years old a toy that must be plugged into an electrical
outlet. Instead, choose toys that are battery-operated.
- Make sure
all electrical toys bear a fire safety label from an independent testing
laboratory, such as UL (Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.).
- Inspect all
electrical toys periodically. Repair,
replace, or discard deteriorating toys.
- Ban play
with electrical toys near water, and make sure they understand that water and
electricity don’t mix.
electrical toys should be put away immediately after use in a dry storage area
out of the reach of younger children.
Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Day lead the year for candle fires, according to
ESFI. Mind your festive decorations for safety hazards:
manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels for any decoration that will be
used around young children, like electronic trains or animatronic dolls.
candles, matches, and lighters out of reach, and never leave children
unsupervised when candles are lit.
- Instead of
traditional candles, try using battery-operated candles.
- Cover any
unused outlets on extension cords with plastic caps or electrical tape to
prevent children from coming in contact with a live circuit.
electrical cords out of the reach of small children.
- Never allow
children to play with lights, electrical decorations, or cords.
2009, ranges and ovens were involved in an estimated 17,300 thermal burn
injuries seen in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. Of these, 36 percent of the
victims were younger than 5. Keep little kitchen helpers in check:
- Never leave
the kitchen when something’s cooking—a fire or accident can happen in an
children at least three feet away from all cooking appliances.
- Never hold
a child while cooking or when removing hot food from the microwave, oven, or
- Turn pot
handles in, away from reaching hands.
- Use the
back burners on the cooktop whenever possible.
- Hot tap
water scalds can be prevented by lowering the setting on water heater
thermostats to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or below and by installing anti-scald
devices in water faucets.
- Once your
holiday meal is ready, check that the stove and oven are turned off and that
other kitchen appliances are unplugged and out of reach.
Source: Electrical Safety