"Childproofing" Your Home

When it comes to electricity, a child's curiosity can lead them to trouble. By taking the time to teach your child about the dangers of electricity, you can reduce their risk of being harmed in an electrical accident. You can also help ensure their safety by making a few simple modifications around the house.

  • Install outlet covers to prevent the risk of a child poking a finger or object into outlets.
  • Unplug and put away irons, fans, toasters, space heaters and other small appliances that kids may be tempted to play with.
  • Use short electrical cords. A cord as short as 12 inches could choke a child.
  • Make sure your child knows the dangers of power lines. Instruct them to stay away from downed lines and report them to a grown-up immediately.

At Sam Houston Electric Cooperative, we want you and your family to stay safe from electrical dangers. It could be the difference between life and death.