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How To Baby Proof Electrical Outlets
How To Baby Proof Electrical Outlets
Aug 27,2023

How To Baby Proof Electrical Outlets

As a parent, your child's safety is your top priority and this applies in every corner of your home, including its electrical systems. Toddlers and babies are naturally curious, and they may not fully understand the dangers posed by electricity. Therefore, it's crucial to take proactive steps to baby-proof your electrical outlets and electrical system. In this brief read brought to you by Mr. Electric, we share some tips to help you create a safe environment for your little ones.

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Educate Your Children

First and foremost, teach your child about the dangers of electricity in simple terms. Explain that outlets and appliances are not toys and can hurt them if touched or tampered with. Use child-friendly language and positive reinforcement to ensure they understand and remember these lessons.

Lay Down the First Line of Defense: Outlet Covers

Electrical outlets are on eye-level and are eye-catching to curious toddlers, making them a high-risk hazard. Secure all accessible outlets with outlet covers or plugs. These safety devices prevent children from inserting objects into the sockets and coming into contact with live electrical currents.

Tamper-Resistant Outlets: Backup Defenses

For an extra layer of protection against curious fingers and foreign objects, consider installing tamper-resistant outlets. These outlets feature built-in mechanisms which only provide electricity if equal pressure is applied to both openings simultaneously.

Enhanced Protection with GFCI Outlets

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets are designed to quickly shut off power in case of electrical faults. Install GFCI outlets in areas where water and electricity may mix, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and outdoor spaces.

Keep Cords Out of Sight and Out of Reach

Dangling cords and cables can attract a child's playful attention. Keep cords hidden behind furniture or use cord organizers to prevent them from becoming a tempting target. Even unplugged cords should be stored safely out of reach.

Childproof Power Strips and Surge Protectors

Power strips and surge protectors are essential in modern homes, but they can pose risks if left in the vicinity of children. Opt for childproof power strip covers or consider mounting these devices on the wall or under furniture to keep them out of sight and reach.

Restrict Access with Locks and Latches

Certain areas, like utility rooms or electrical closets, should be off-limits to children. Install childproof locks or latches on doors leading to these spaces to prevent accidental exposure to electrical equipment and wiring.

Secure Heavy Appliances in Place

Heavy appliances and electronics can have cords that children might pull on, causing the appliance to fall. Secure heavy items like TVs and bookshelves to the wall using safety straps to prevent tipping accidents.

Upkeep Your Electrical System

Periodically inspect your home for any potential electrical hazards. Check for frayed cords, exposed wires, or damaged outlets. Watch out for burn marks on electrical outlets and listen for any unusually loud buzzing or humming sounds. Address any issues immediately to maintain a safe environment.

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