How Do I Protect Outlets From My Kids?
There are reports that more than 2,400 children are injured every year due to electrical problems. Children’s endless curiosity can put their sticky fingers in dangerous situations. As your child grows and becomes more mobile, it becomes increasingly important to protect him from himself, especially when it comes to retail outlets in your home.
As sockets can be found in every room, it’s only a matter of time before your curious little boy tries to insert something into the socket. In fact, most incidents involving children and electricity could have been easily avoided.
What are Child Proof Outlets?
To avoid all the incidents with kids, it became obvious that something needed to be done to the outlets. Child proof outlets are protections which can be added to the socket to prevent children to be able to access the electrical current even when touching the outlet.
Spring Cover Outlet Cover
Spring cover outlets are designed to prevent little fingers from holding items in containers and spring-loaded covers that close outlets when not in use. When using these outlets, the same pressure is required in both springs at the same time to open it and provide electricity.
Plastic Covers for Outlets
Cheap and common plastic covers are a good option if replacing sockets is not possible. However, the trick is to remind you to reinstall the connectors after you’ve finished charging the devices or used the devices – a common mistake. An abandoned socket covers not only abandoned open sockets, but also the risk of putting them into their mouth.
Sliding Plate Covers
A slightly more expensive but safer option is sliding covers, also called self-closing exit covers. Remove the existing socket cover and replace it with these small plates that have a spring-loaded piece of plastic that closes the sockets when not in use. Use the electrical outlet and, the cover will automatically snap into place when the parts are removed.
Don’t use Extension Cords
Other tips to protect children from electric shock. Avoid absolutely unnecessary use of extension cords (children want to chew them, especially teething rings). If they are to be used, secure them securely with duct tape. Block access to outlets with furniture, keeping outlets out of sight in the best possible way. Let older children help you control cables and sockets, keep cables out of sight, and protect sockets from your children’s little fingers.
Did you just buy a new home?
If you just bought or renovating a new home, don’t assume everything is up to code and protected from children. Some contractors may not give importance to it to cut costs. You should observe each outlet on your own. See below what to look for and what to add.
Child-Proof Your Outlets
When it comes to your family, it is best to be extra cautious, especially your kids. Kids are curious and unpredictable at times and all the protection you can get is not too much. All the above are easy do-it-yourself tasks, but you can always reach out to an electrician for advice or to ensure it is done properly.