Children can be really a handful at times but as parents, we should be aware of all the hazards they’ll likely be facing anywhere, even in our own homes. This is why childproofing techniques have become more inventive as years go by.
Among the dangers at home are electrical hazards. Nowadays, our homes are mostly surrounded by electrical components. So, it’s not surprising that children have become more prone to electrical injuries and accidents.
To get you started here are some steps you can do to properly childproof your home against potentially dangerous electrical injuries.
1. Conduct regular maintenance in all the electrical appliances.
Check whether the electrical cords are in good shape. The goal is to never let faulty electrical devices be exposed to your children. To do this we have to make sure that there is nothing to worry about: from outlets to appliances.
2. Educate your child as early as possible to always be careful when handling electric devices, plugs, wires and sockets. Children may try to unplug devices.
Teach them to avoid doing this. But it’s still best to install safety measures, incase.
3. Install outlet covers and GFCIs. These are generally the safest electrical outlets. When minor problems occur, GFCIs are very sensitive and automatically shut electrical flow.
4. In order to effectively childproof your home, you need to double check it in a child’s point of view. Parents often miss something because they fail to consider how their children are seeing their surroundings.
5. Invest in electrical safety accessories. There are many available childproofing devices out there to choose from. There are safety covers for outlets, power strip covers, cord covers, cord shorteners, and even plug locks.
Get your home childproofed one room at a time. Be in a child’s perspective by getting down your hands and knees. You’ll be able to identify the electrical hazards better this way. Replace every electrical appliances that are malfunctioning. It’s better to be safe than sorry.