Children are naturally curious and are unaware of the dangers of electricity. As their caregivers, we must take important safety measures to protect them from harm by teaching them early on about electrical safety. Here are some simple tips to keep your children safe from electrical dangers.
Electrical Outlet Safety
An electrical socket is such a tempting thing for toddlers. A child does not know that sticking their little fingers or objects into the holes can cause electric shock. Electrical outlet caps are a cheap and easy solution and will help give you peace of mind. All wall outlets throughout your home should be covered including those behind furniture.
For extra protection, call Professional Electric to install tamper-resistant self-test GFCI (Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter) outlets in your home. These devices help prevent shock by shutting off power if electrical ground faults are detected. The inserts will also prevent foreign objects from being inserted.
Electrical Cord Safety
Cords plugged into your television or other appliances pose an added danger to children. To them, it seems like a toy but can expose the socket and cause electric shock if pulled too quickly. If possible, keep cords secured behind furniture or cover them with a cord protector.
Not only should you keep cords out of reach, but you should keep appliances away from little hands as well. Hair dryers, flat irons, toasters, blenders, electric razors or anything thing that is found on the counter should be placed up and away from curious minds. If one of these items comes in contact with water it may cause harm to your little one.
If you have outdoor outlets, take the same safety measures for added protection. A passing storm may have caused power lines to fall in your yard but they could be hidden by fallen limbs. If this occurs, keep children indoors and call the power company to report any downed lines.
Perform Electrical Maintenance
While childproofing your home, it also an important time to observe any electrical issue you may come across. Flickering lights, faulty electrical outlets, plugs that are not flush, and appliances that do not operate when plugged in are all signs that electrical maintenance is needed. Have a professional electrician come to your home to do an assessment.
Above all, teach them that items such as electric outlets, cords, extension cords, and surge protectors are not to be touched or picked up. Toddlers love to explore and unfortunately, their curiosity can lead to danger. Instructing them to stay away from these potential electrical hazards will help keep them safe.
We can help make your home safe and if you have additional electrical questions, look no further than Professional Electric! Visit us online at www.ProfessionalElectric.biz and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter! We are available 24/7 for emergency services! Mobile: (251) 473-5788 Baldwin County: (251) 929-8957 Remember, when it comes to your electrical needs, Keep It Professional!
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