Guide to Baby-Proofing Everything Electrical
New parents have a lot to worry about in terms of keeping their newborns, infants, and toddlers safe. While your home is supposed to be a sanctuary, there are still plenty of risks to be mitigated. As a leader in electrical services and a premiere Vancouver electric company, we always have your best interests in mind. Our team of licensed electricians will always tackle your home electrical needs in the most affordable and safest way possible. While our electric repairs and electrical improvements will be top of the line, there are still things you need to do to baby proof everything electrical in your home.
Remove Risky Electronics From the Equation
The easiest step in baby proofing your home is removing any risky electronics out of the reach of your children. Anything with heating elements, motors, or tools and appliances that could shock your infant should be kept completely out of reach. This is an easy and free way to make your home that much safer.
Baby Proof Your Outlets
As an experienced electric company, Wireman Electric has identified electrical outlets as the number one home electrical risk for young children. Thankfully, baby proofing your outlets is a relatively easy endeavour and there are a few options available to you. Plastic outlet covers plug right into unused outlets to render them temporarily useless. These are a great option because you can buy them in bulk and for cheap. Outlet boxes are another great option, best used for appliances and items that stay plugged in indefinitely. These boxes cover the cord and plug, which prevents them from getting pulled out and exposing your outlet. Self-closing outlets are one of the best outlet protection options on the market, as they cannot be removed or broken by children. Whichever method is best for your needs, be diligent, and extend your outlet protection throughout your home.
Protect Your Children From Cords
Beyond outlets, many licensed electricians will identify cords as the next biggest home electrical risk for babies and infants. Like outlets, there are a variety of ways to protect your children from cords, and the best option is the one that works for you. Cord shorteners allow you to store the excess cord in a container to prevent tugging and pulling on the wiring. You can accomplish a similar goal by simply securing guards to your walls so they are not loosely running through your home. If you have multiple different cords in one spot – like around a computer or entertainment center – consider investing in a cord wrap to consolidate the loose ends. Exposed cords in your home can be attractive to babies, infants, and toddlers. The fewer loose cords you have, the lesser the chance your children will gain access to an exposed outlet, strangle themselves, chew and get shocked, or simply trip and fall.
Making your house entirely baby proof is no easy task, but it is a worthy one. As licensed electricians working for an electric company that prides itself on the safety of our customers, we take this sort of thing very seriously. Whether you have a big electrical project in mind or need some help making your home a bit safer for the little ones running around, give Wireman Electric a call today. We’ll always be in your corner.