Friday, 18 July 2014

Charley Says Returns

You probably remember this safety film from your own childhood (the 1970’s and 1980’s) it had a lot of important messages captured in a way that appealed to children.   I am glad to see it has been re-launched with the help of David Walliams, I was always a fan of Charley the cat, who again is the voice of reason when the well-meaning boy tries to be caring for his mum but in a dangerous way. 

I am definitely going to show the video to my two as I am risk adverse, they want to do more to help and I do worry, so at least if they have seen the video they will be more aware of the perils.  We all want to foster independence but in a well managed way.

I think often children are more willing to listen to other people than their own parents.  They learn to blank out some of what we have to say unfortunately!  But if it’s a cartoon presented like this video their attention is gripped and they digest the important safety concerns.  My dad always says when they have done it once they will know not to do it again, but I would rather they did not learn from a bad experience but rather from being educated about danger, especially when you consider the huge number of people injured by electricity daily.

In the video we see the risks of overloading energy sockets and poor Charley burning his paws to protect his friend.  You can watch it for yourself on the Electrical Safety First website.  It’s a good talking point to start your children thinking about the hazards around them.

We have just moved house and have had a qualified electrician check out the sockets to make sure the house is safe for the boys.  There is also plenty of useful information on the Electrical Safety First website to prevent overloading of sockets, if you see any signs of burning or damage proceed with caution.

You can also check out the calculator below to make sure your not guilty of overloading your sockets, as you need to set a good example for your children.  In my office it says that the total load is 13amps so I have some idea about what the plugs can tolerate and can ensure the appliances do not go over the maximum load. 

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I really hope to see more of these video's as its such a trip down memory lane whilst spreading a valuable message.

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