Why should you childproof your outlets?
As parents we are always paranoid for the safety of our little young-lings. The fear of our children being hurt by other people is nothing less than absolutely overwhelming. However, in our dedication to keeping our kids in a safe environment, we tend to forget that there are still hazards inside our comfortable and secured homes which could harm children. On a serious note, it is actually a fact that kids between the ages of 1 to 4 years old are at a higher risk of drowning, serious burns, choking, electrocution, falling or being poisoned as opposed to being harmed by strangers. As shocking as these statistics are, it is also a solid reminder that our homes, though secure, still need to be scrutinized of all possible hazards to our children.
One of the most important things that we have to keep in mind is that the little fingers of toddlers are always fiddling around looking for holes to poke in! And in some cases, an electrical outlet is what they find… which to their shocking disappointment.
Childproofing electric outlets is an important matter which should not be taken for granted or even lightly. Being electrocuted could injure and even traumatize a child. Thankfully, there are a lot of concerned minds in the parenting world, and the electrical industry as well, who have come with ideas on how to combat the dangers of exposed outlets. These ideas have developed into practices and products that are effective, affordable and easily available.
1. Electric Outlet Caps
This is the easiest, quickest and most cast-iron way to childproofing your electrical sockets at home. Pluggable child safety electrical outlet caps basically fit into sockets as would a normal plug, and acts as a cover that is not easily removable. These outlet caps are usually very cheap and easy to acquire. However, we also have to make sure that they work properly by testing them out to see if they don’t come off easily. Since these plugs are quite small in size, they could become a choking hazard to our children. So if an outlet cap is too easy to remove or doesn’t fit too well, replace immediately with better quality products!
2. Hide Those Outlets
If the child cannot see the outlet then there will be no reason for him or her to play with it! Hiding electrical outlets that are not frequently used can be effective against electrocution accidents for babies. Use furniture to block off any socket that is too exposed and could be a threat. Use tables, chairs and whatever you deem effective
3. Hire a Professional
Of course, when we feel that the danger is too great, we need to ask assistance from the professionals! Believe it or not, there are actually people who have an expertise in childproofing homes! This is great because not only will they secure our electrical sockets but will do everything else necessary to make our homes as safe for children as possible. This option, however, cannot be expected to be cheap.
So there you have it, the importance of childproofing the electrical sockets of our homes never seemed as now. Let’s all devote ourselves to giving our children the safest environment a parent could provide! Electrocution is not a fun activity; let’s avoid accidents by doing what responsible guardians are supposed to. Let’s childproof our outlets!