Electricity and Grandkids

By: caroline mackay

So it's holiday time and who is showing up at your house raring to go? The Grandkids. They are such a joy and you can hardly wait til they get here, but you must childproof the house first. You put all the breakables up high, lock or tie all the cabinets shut, put the cat and dog food out of sight because it is eatable and some of those little ones don't know the difference. You will need to hide all the remotes or they will hide them from you. Let's see now they can come and all will be safe. Right?

The grandkids arrive and all goes well until one of them finds a fork. Now why didn't you think to hide the forks with the remotes? Oh, that's right; you needed it to set the table for dinner. The little one finds that fork and then decides that it would fit nicely in that little hole in the wall that he has seen his parents put things into. OH OH.

Human kind has been blessed with the harnessing of electrical energy. We sometimes forget how powerful electricity is because we use it every day. We use it in our work and play. The use of electrical energy has made our days longer because we can use it indoors and outdoors during those long dark nights. It makes our life easier, provides fun, and keeps us safe, but it is dangerous if you are not careful.

Here are a few reminders for grandparents. 1. Before grandkids come install those little plastic caps over any outlets that you are not using. Then leave them in even after they are gone because you won't have to keep doing it. 2. Keep your electric radios, razors and hairdryers away from the sink. Make a habit of putting them up even when the grandkids are not there. That way when they come you don't have to remember to put them up. 3. Have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen. Oh, I forgot, and hide the forks.

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