Little known ways to child proof electrical outlets
Which electrical tools for baby proofing :
The protection that you provide depends on the type of receptacle . The following are the most important places where a baby proofing is required:
1.Receptacles and outlets : Especially those which are not more than 5.5 feet from the floor. Almost every parent think about it when it comes to child proof electrical outlets. Every babies in this world like inserting objects in receptacles. By doing so, babies come into contact with electricity and this can quickly become the worst moment of the day.
Below are ways to overcome such issues:
· Tamper resistant receptacles:
If you are living in a new home(since 2009), chances are a tamper resistant receptacle has been installed. It is a smart solution to avoid a child electrocution. Children cannot insert foreign objects into it because the slots will remain close . This type of receptacles will be only open if there is a simultaneous pressure made by the prongs of the plugs. So, no simultaneous pressure=no opening of the socket. And since your child cannot poke objects simultaneously into outlet, he is safe. I strictly recommend this solution because it is very efficient in the long term . You will never worry about receptacles caps which can get lost when you remove them.It is better to call an electrician to make that installation. They are also affordable and you can replace your standard receptacle by a tamper resistant one for only $2.
Price: start at $10 each.
They became very popular over the past decades. Made in different shapes and types , they are more friendly for children than resistant tamper receptacles. They are made in plastic, sit on outlets , are easy to install and there is no need to look after them at every moment. If you want to plug an appliance in , simply slide the cover across the slots of the receptacles . It will snap back into its initial position .
Price: $12.99 (06 pack) available here:
This is the cheapest option. They are made of plastic and are easy to remove. What I like the most with this one, it is the aesthetic. They look very nice and baby friendly. The principal downside for me is the lack of practical use. If you want to plug an appliance into the socket you need to remove the cover. 02 situations can happen: whether You forget to put it back or You don’t know where you kept it .
Price: $3.99 available here:
Damp and wet locations receptacles:
· You may never heard about these ones before but they are very important in damp areas. I am talking about them here because most of the time we used to forget about these. In wet areas, it is advisable to use these covers as protective devices. There are not only a safe precaution for your but for your baby too. Even though There are more expensive than the previous solutions, they present a great advantage in such areas. You can get some with the 02 following shapes:
· Weatherproof covers with the cord plugged in:
Weather proof cover without the cord plugged in.
If the appliance that you plug in is attended while in use, use the second type. Otherwise , use the first one.
2. Power strip :
A Power strips is used as a temporal solution for outlets which are far form the appliance to use. If you have children, consider buying this power strip cover. It is easy to use, last longer and fit almost every power strip.
Price: start at $7.99
You should never attempt to use power strips as a permanent solution. There are not designed for that . They are manufactured to run under a certain amperage. Plugging one or many appliances on it may become dangerous.
3. Extensions cords:
Mainly used as an intermediate connection between an appliance and the socket, extension cords are tools that cannot handle many appliances. This is the reason why they should never been used as a permanent solution. Below is the best solution to avoid your child being in contact with them.
Price: $3.99 found here
Electrical safety is not only efficient for Children younger than 5 or 6. 10 years old children can still need it, maybe in different ways, but there are many electrical safety products that will be useful at that age like electrical cords shorteners when extension cords are too long.
It is more easier today for electricians to install protective gadgets for children. Almost every parent is aware on the importance of these precautions. No baby proofing methods will guaranty 100% safety, but these are great options to consider and purchase. If you have a small budget, and have skills in electricity, then install those receptacles on your one. But Always call electricians If needed .