Electricity is dangerous for anybody, whether children or adults. But have you ever wondered why electrical hazard warnings are different for children and adults?

There are some reasons for the difference. For one thing, adults are expected to show at least a level of responsibility in handling certain electrical equipment and appliances such as household appliances and electronic equipment, or for basic electrical tasks such as changing a busted light bulb, or distributing electrical usage among various electrical sockets, or the use of extension cords. Basic tasks though these may be, children should not be allowed to undertake these tasks themselves, or they should at least be closely supervised when operating an electrical appliance or equipment. Children do not yet have a full understanding of the dangers of electricity, and they do not yet have the physical or motor coordination to undertake precision work that may sometimes be required.

On the other hand, adults are expected to exercise caution around electrical hazards that are hopefully out of reach of children. For instance, the impact that home renovations may have on electrical wiring and electrical receptacles, arranging electric cords in a manner that is neat, organized and out-of-the-way, and in using power tools that require a lot of electricity.

Electricians, as professionals, probably face the greatest dangers from electrical hazards. This is because their work requires repair, maintenance, installation, or upgrades of electrical systems and electrical equipment. Electricians who work outdoors may also be subject to harsh weather conditions while performing electrical work, which is dangerous in the extreme. This is why electricians, to be licensed as such, need to meet the stringent requirements and qualifications to be able to perform electrical work legally.