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The end of the summer holidays is rapidly approaching, and holidays abroad, barbeques and lazy days will be replaced by a new school year. Children do not share the same view on safety as adults, and often leap without looking, so how can you as parents ensure that your children stay safe?

When connecting up computers, TVs, game consoles and other electronics, it pays to be safe. Parents who know what electrical hazards to look for and how to address them so teach your children good electrical safety knowledge and start the school year with peace of mind.back-to-school

You can protect yourself and your family from injury and keep appliances running safely by taking the following precautions:

  • Use only approved electrical products with the mark of recognised certification;
  • Replace frayed or damaged extension cords;
  • Keep extension cords out from under carpet, rugs or furniture as this could damage the cord and also present a fire hazard;
  • Keep flammable materials such as books, paper and clothing away from heaters, stoves and other heating sources;
  • Never leave cooking appliances unattended;
  • Plug portable heaters and air conditioners directly into the outlet. If an extension cord is needed, to prevent overheating and risk of fire, use only one that is rated for this purpose to ensure that the cord can handle the electrical current;
  • Never remove the third prong from an electrical product. The third prong is the grounding device and is a critical safety feature;
  • Avoid overloading outlets or circuits as this can cause overheating that may lead to fire.

Remember: Young children do not have the same concept of safety as adults!

Every year thousands of students move away from home to attend university or college. When renting off-campus accommodations, have the landlord check and correct any electrical hazards before they move in, such as:

  • Exposed electrical wiring;
  • Loose or damaged plugs and switches, or outlets and switches with missing cover plates;
  • Dim, flickering or surging lights;
  • Fuses that blow or circuit breakers that frequently trip;
  • Fuses and switches that are warm or hot to the touch

Remember: Young children do not have the same concept of safety as adults!

If you are unsure about an installation, need advice or assistance please contact PC Electricals. We also have more electrical safety tips on our website Facebook or Twitter pages.