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. This is a smart solution to prevent child electrocution. It’s barely impossible for babies to insert foreign objects into a tamper-resistant receptacle because the slots will remain close. This type of receptacles gets open if and only 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 an outlet, he is safe. I strictly recommend this solution because it is one of the most efficient ones and you’ll never regret such an investment in the long run. With a tamper-resistant receptacle, You don’t have to worry about receptacles caps anymore.
However, call an electrician for the installation. They are affordable and you can replace a 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 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 if they get lost. Anytime you want to plug an appliance in, simply slide the cover across the slots of the receptacles. It will snap back to its initial position itself.
Price: $12.99 (06 pack) available here:
This is one of the cheapest options available out there. They are made of plastic and are easy to remove. What I really like and appreciate about this product it is aesthetic. They look nice and baby-friendly. The main downside, however, is the lack of practical use. If you want to plug an appliance into the socket you need to remove the cover first.
Price: $3.99 available here:
Damp and wet locations receptacles:
· You have probably never heard about these ones before but damp and wet locations, as their names suggest, are very important in damp areas. They are not only safe for you but for the baby too. Though more expensive than the previous options, they are a big plus in such areas. You can find them in the following shapes:
· Weatherproof covers with the cord plugged in:
Weatherproof 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 Powerstrip is a temporal solution for outlets that are located far away from the appliance to use. If you have children, consider buying this power strip cover. It is easy to use, lasts longer and fits almost every power strip.
Price: start at $7.99
However, never use power strips as a permanent solution. There are designed to run under a certain amount of current. Plugging one or more appliances on it can be dangerous and extremely harmful to kids.
3. Extensions cords:
Mainly used as the connection between an appliance and the socket, extension cords cannot handle too many appliances. This is why they should never be used as a permanent option. Below is the best solution to avoid your child to get 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 benefit from it but in different ways.
It is now easier for electricians to install protective gadgets at home. No baby-proofing methods will guaranty 100% safety, but the solutions that we’ve listed in this article are good enough to pay attention to.
With a tiny budget and relevant skills in electricity, you can install receptacles on your own. But Always call for an electrician If you need some help.