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Childproofing Your Home From Electrical Hazards

Jul 28, 2016 | Electrical Safety

Our dependence on electricity is genuinely astonishing. In every room of your home, you’ll find multiple ways electricity is used, which we often take for granted. If not handled with care, electricity can pose serious threats of electric shock and burn. One way these types of accidents can occur is when babies and children can roam freely and get their hands on electrical devices. Consider childproofing your house from potential electrical hazards before a severe accident occurs. Our well-trained team at Expert Electric has compiled a list of measures so that you can get started.

Identifying Electrical Hazards

To identify electrical hazards in your home, start by going room by room. For a more thorough approach, get down on your hands and knees to view the potential dangers from a child’s perspective. At this lower vantage point, you are looking at all the electrical outlets, power strip bars, and power cords. Look behind furniture on any side tables, dressers, or countertops. Make a list of electrical hazards that you have identified and get to work addressing those issues.

Childproofing Electrical Outlets

Childproofing your electrical outlets will be one of the most straightforward solutions. Each room usually has multiple outlets, and they seem attracted to them. Outlets are very tempting little spots on the wall for children to stick random objects into. To prevent this dangerous behavior from happening, install electrical outlet caps or safety plates over the top of unused outlets. This will block children from sticking their fingers and other items into the holes, which can cause the electrical current to flow to the child. All unused outlets that are accessible to children should be covered.

Childproofing Your Home From Electrical Hazards

Childproofing a Power Strip

Power bars are commonly used around the home to power numerous electrical devices in the same room, such as a television system or computer setup. In these areas, multiple cords are often tangled up in piles and plugged into one power strip on the floor or in a cabinet. Childproofing a power strip can quickly be done to protect your child from dangerous electrical shock or burn. Purchase and install power strip covers on child-accessible power bars. These covers wrap around the power bar and have a hole for the cords to exit. This helps to prevent children from tampering with and pulling out cords. At times, gaps may occur in the cover hole; duct tape these areas to prevent little fingers from entering the cover.

Securing Electrical Cords

Securing electrical cords will be an essential safety measure. If a child can pull on an electrical cord to dislodge the prongs, it can create an opportunity for electrical shock. Alternatively, the connected electrical device could fall due to the tugging and cause an injury to the child’s head. Secure these hazards by tucking electrical cables safely out of reach or plugging them in different areas of the room inaccessible to children. If the cords are too long, shorten them by rolling the cord into your hand and tying it with a zip tie. Any cords that run along the floor can be a tripping hazard and should be secured with strong tape or a rubber cord cover that can be purchased at any length.

We want to help you have peace of mind about your home and rest easy knowing you’re safe from electrical accidents. For more ideas or questions about childproofing your home for electrical hazards, contact our trained and courteous technicians at Expert Electric.

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