|A Warm Welcome to Summer Safety & Fun!|
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After a chilling winter, summertime is here! The school year is ending, the weather is warm, the grill is hot and the pools are cool. Time to make sure our children and family members remember to have fun and be safe at the same time. As part of the “Teach Learn Care” TLC campaign, Safe Electricity urges parents and other caregivers to make sure children know how to stay safe during outdoor play.
Children often do not understand the dangers of electricity. Take some time to get down and view the surroundings from a child’s vantage point to locate possible hazards.
For safety outdoors, Safe Electricity recommends that children and adults follow these rules:
Be careful using electrical appliances outdoors. Whether it is a bug zapper, an electric charcoal lighter, or a radio or CD player, caution must be exercised. Be sure you use outlets that have weatherproof covers and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) to prevent serious shock injuries. Use portable GFCIs for outdoor outlets that don’t have them.
Keep electrical appliances and tools at least ten feet away from pools, ponds and wet surfaces. “Electricity and water are a dangerous combination,” warns Molly Hall, Safe Electricity Executive Director. “Caution children and family members about the danger of using electrical appliances in wet areas - even wet grass can create a hazard.”
Supervise the use of extension cords outside, check them carefully for exposed wires; make sure they are in good shape, and not frayed or cracked. Use only extension cords that are rated and marked for outdoor use, and are large enough to handle the current needed for the device you are using. Check that the prongs on the extension cord plugs are clean, not broken or bent. Make sure the ground prong is intact in a three-prong plug, and avoid use of adapters.
Summer can signal an increase in accidents and injuries. Keep utility and emergency numbers close at hand.
Do your part to prevent accidents by sharing important safety information with those you love.