As a parent or caregiver for toddlers or young children, keeping them safe is always a top priority. But as your kids grow, so do their curiosity and independence. As they find balance and footing, anything and everything becomes a potential hazard to them, electrical outlets and cords included.
But not to worry, there are plenty of ways to childproof your home and keep your kids safe from electrical hazards. Here are a few tips:
Use Outlet Covers
Outlet covers are an easy and effective way to childproof your electrical outlets. They’re inexpensive and widely available online or in most hardware stores. Just make sure to choose covers that fit snugly and cannot be removed easily by small children.
Insert outlet covers into any empty outlets around your home. For outlets in use, you can buy outlet covers with built-in plugs, so you don’t have to remove them every time you need to use them.
Keep Cords Out Of Sight And Reach
Loose or exposed electrical cords can pose trip/fall hazards and electrocution risks for everyone in the household. By keeping cords tucked away and out of reach, you can help prevent accidents.
Use cord shorteners or cord management devices to keep cords tidy and close to the wall. For example, you can use velcro or temporary adhesive cord clips to keep lines close to the baseboard.
Inspect Your Electrical System
Generally, it’s always a good idea to have a certified electrician inspect your home’s electrical system every few years. Checking your electrical system is especially important if the house you live in is older, as the electrical wiring could fall short of meeting current safety standards.
An inspection will help ensure that your home’s electrical system is up-to-date and functioning correctly. It’s also an excellent opportunity to have any necessary repairs or upgrades made before they become dangerous or cause an accident.
Teach Your Kids About Electrical Safety
As your kids grow, they’ll naturally become curious about the world around them – including electricity. Therefore, teaching them about electrical safety is essential to avoid accidents and incidents.
Luckily, more resources are available now than ever to help with this.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission provides an excellent website dedicated to electrical safety for kids. In addition, you can find coloring books, games, and other resources to teach your kids about electricity safety.
With some knowledge and preparation, you can help keep your kids safe from electrical hazards around your home. By following these tips, you can create a safe and child-friendly environment for your family.