Vietnam has a child injury rate that is twice as high as neighboring countries and three times higher than developed countries like the UK and the US. Specifically, 90% of these injuries are unintentional, and 10-15% are due to electric shocks and burns.
While the advent of smart devices can help to mitigate this issue to some extent, parents still need to be aware of the potential electrical hazards associated with these devices. Here are five safety rules to ensure electrical safety in homes with kids.
1. Keeping electrical devices out of reach of children
First, you need to install the device according to the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure it operates normally without any electrical leakage or exposure. Then, you need to install the device out of the child’s reach, at a height depending on the child’s height, typically around 20 – 30cm above the child’s height. This is especially important for young children, who may be curious about electrical outlets and cords.
Especially for high-risk devices such as smart sockets, smart switches, or devices with wires, you should use protective covers to ensure absolute safety for the child. Furthermore, you can use the Aqara Hub (điều khiển trung tâm aqara hub m2) to promptly turn off devices when children approach.
You need to keep smart electrical devices out of the reach of children
2. Regularly check and clean
Regular checks and maintenance are a rule that many people are aware of but don’t consistently follow. Specifically, depending on usage, you should typically check the electrical devices in your home at least once every 3 months.
Factors to check include electrical leakage, the durability of protective layers, and the functionality of the device. You can use a voltage tester around the device area and perform normal on/off operations to check its functionality.
If no abnormalities are detected, you can clean the electrical device using a dry cloth to remove dust and fingerprints from the exterior. Conversely, if any unusual signs are detected, it’s advisable to take it to a repair shop or replace it promptly.
3. Using devices with child lock features
Currently, smart electrical device manufacturers are investing more in child safety. As a result, many smart electrical devices such as smart switches and sockets are equipped with child lock features and safe shock-proof cover designs.
When the child lock feature is activated, the smart switch or socket will stop functioning, promptly cutting off the power, thus ensuring the safety of the child. Some notable smart electrical products with this design include:
- Aqara Smart Plug ZNCZ12LM (VND 560,000)
- AKIA Smart Plug ASP250 (VND 530,000)
Use electrical devices with child lock features to optimize safety for children
4. Turning off the power when not in use
When you’re not using your smart devices, turn them off to save energy and reduce the risk of electrical accidents. For traditional devices, you can cut the power by unplugging them from the plug. However, for smart devices, you have more diverse options for turning off the power. You can do this through the application, directly turning off the power, or scheduling a power-off time.
Especially when using devices within the same ecosystem, you can create smart scenes for the devices to operate smoothly throughout the day or week without the need for frequent manual checks. Using Aqara motion sensors (cảm biến chuyển động Aqara) in conjunction with these devices helps save energy and enhances safety for you.
5. Prioritizing devices made from safe materials
You should prioritize smart devices made of safe materials that do not produce toxins, cause fires or explosions, or wear out easily. Some examples of safe materials for smart electrical devices are ABS plastic, PVC plastic, stainless steel, and aluminum alloy. To choose devices that are made of safe materials, you can check the product specifications or ask for advice from qualified and experienced sales counselors when you buy them. Also, remember to avoid devices that are made from flammable or toxic materials.
When choosing smart devices for your home, look for models that are made from safe materials, such as ABS plastic
Smart devices can be a great addition to any home, but it’s important to be aware of the potential electrical hazards they pose, especially in homes with children. By following the five safety rules above, you can help to protect your kids and your home from these hazards.