Teaching kids about electrical safety is a year-round task


Your kids aren’t going to want to hear this, but school is just around the corner. But educating your children on electrical safety isn’t something that should only happen during the school year. Electrical safety should be practiced year-round. Now is the perfect time to get your kids back into “learning mode”, by going over electrical safety tips.
We all know electricity plays a major role in our everyday lives, and it is a powerful resource that should be respected. Unfortunately, our children often do not understand the dangers of electricity. At Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative, we encourage you to share electrical safety tips and lessons with your little ones as often as possible. We also understand their attention spans run short, so here are a few creative ways to get them involved.
Depending on the age of your child, consider designating an “electronics deputy.” The deputy should be responsible for pointing out electronics in your home that are not in use and keeping appliances safe from liquids. Reward your deputy for pointing out overloaded outlets or other potentially dangerous situations.
Emphasize the importance of fire prevention with your children, and create a family fire drill plan as an extra precaution. Incentivize your children by rewarding those who followed the plan and made it safely out of the home.
While it is fun and engaging to turn safety into a game, it is important to ensure your children understand the risks they are facing if they do not practice electrical safety.
One of the most important safety tips you can give your kids is to avoid any downed power lines. In fact, it is best to avoid power lines, transformers and substations in general. A downed power line can still be energized, and it can also energize other objects, including fences and trees. Make sure your kids understand the potential dangers of coming in contact with a downed power line or low hanging wire. And, if they encounter a downed power line, ask them to tell you or another adult to call Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative.
No matter how you choose to get your kids interested in staying safe around electricity, TWEC is here to help. To learn more about electrical safety, visit www.toddwadena.coop.


  1. It is also a good idea to always keep an eye on your children. That way you can make sure they are staying away from anything that could end up harming them. Even if you teach them the dangers of electrical items, they may still end up harming themselves. So, again, make sure to keep an eye on them!

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