Introduction
 

Safety issues 

Work on the topic of electricity and magnetism will provide opportunities for children to learn about the safe use of electricity. It is important that children realise the dangers of mains electricity and become aware of and discuss safety issues associated with the use of mains electricity and electrical appliances. Batteries should be used for activities based on electric current. Mains electricity should never be used during science investigations.

The children should be aware of the following safety, considerations:

  • The dangers of touching the bare metal of a plug or a switch especially when hands are wet
  • The importance of not using electrical appliances without adult supervision
  • The dangers associated with flying kites or using fishing rods near overhead wires
  • The risks attached to playing near electricity sub-stations