Exploring surroundings through touch and taste are part of a child’s development but invisible hazards such as electricity can pose a serious threat to children.

On average, more than 110 kids under 15 end up in the emergency room each year in Ontario because of an electrical injury. More than half are under the age of five.[1]  

Minor zaps that don’t result in serious injury can go unnoticed, but new research shows that low-voltage shocks can also have long-term effects like pins and needles, numbness, memory loss and anxiety.[2] No shock is a safe shock!

Whether you are a parent/caregiver looking for information on electrical safety, or an organization looking to share information with your community, these resources below make it easy to learn about electrical safety in the home and prevent injuries.

 

Resources for parents and caregivers

Built for parent/caregivers, these fun visuals list key information on electrical safety. These tips will help you ensure your home is a safe-zone free from electrical-harm.

Click on each image to download the PDF version.  Print, distribute to your networks, or share on social media with the hashtag #nosafeshock.

 

Toolkit for communities/organizations

Together with the Electrical Safety Authority, Parachute is seeking to build capacity within Ontario communities to educate Ontarians about injury prevention and electrical safety. To this effect, we have developed an Electrical Safety Community Toolkit to help communities build prevention messaging for electrical safety in their region. 

Customized for 2017 Electrical Safety Grant recipients, this Toolkit can help guide communities in their next #nosafeshock event/campaign and raise awareness of electrical safety in your community. Download this resource today, and help prevent electrical injuries. ​

See our Toolkit for Communities/Organizations page for more info.

 

Sources for reference

[1] 2016 Ontario Electrical Safety Report

[2] Singerman, J et al. 2008. Long-term sequelae of low-voltage electrical injury. J Burn Care Res: 29(5):773-7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18695615