Child Safety and Electrical Shock

Posted by Bryan on 9/14/2012 to Electrical
About 1000 children die each year in the US from electrical shock, but children can also sustain injuries such as burns, shortness of breath, chest pain, and injuries from being thrown from the source of the shock.

Some good preventative measures include covering all empty outlets, even if you think they are out of reach, and making sure that all cords are tucked behind furniture where they cannot be pulled or chewed on. There are also covers for outlets that are in use. Many kids have received an electrical shock from sticking things like forks and keys into an outlet. Safety in the bathroom starts with putting hair dryers, curling irons and radios in a cabinet and away from any water source. Also, even though Christmas trees are beautiful they can pose a hazard to young children. Itís best to have a small tree up on a table and out of their grasp.

If all of your efforts fail and your child gets shocked the first thing to do is turn off the power to the source of the shock. Unplug or turn the object off. If you cannot turn the object off grab a coat or blanket to wrap around the child so you can pull them away without being shocked yourself. Make sure the child is breathing and look him or her over for obvious burns. All children who have been shocked should see a doctor even if you donít see obvious burns. There could be internal damage thatís not apparent.

Prevention is the key. Donít assume your child wonít try any of these things. Take precautions to ensure safety in your home.

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