How to Baby Proof Your Electrical Outlets
Baby Proofing Tips:
Electrical Outlets – According to the National Fire Protection Association, about 2,400 kids suffer from shock and burns caused by electrical receptacles each year. It is important that you take the time to make sure that our outlets are kid-proof.
- Install tamper resistant receptacles that only open when both of the contacts are pushed simultaneously.
- Add electrical outlet caps to the outlets that you don’t replace with tamper resistant receptacles. These outlet caps can fit directly into your current outlet. However, be sure that the size is appropriate for the receptacles that you have in your home.
- Electrical outlet covers, also known as “safe plates” are an additional cover that rests on top of your current outlet. This outlet cover is spring loaded and prevents your child from poking anything inside of it.
Power Strips – Since power strips lie on the floor, they are within easy reach of your little ones. It is a good idea to childproof your extension cords or use a duct cord cover to keep your power strip out of sight. You can also use the same plastic outlet plugs that you use on your wall receptacles.
Loose Cords – Tape down loose cords and tape over any exposed wires to keep children from playing with them. Where possible, use shorter cords.
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