How to Babyproof Everything Electrical

Posted On: May 9, 2017

If you have a baby in your home or are expecting a baby, then you’ll quickly realize that your house could easily be turned into a death trap if it’s not babyproofed properly. Although you’re going to do your best to keep an eye on your baby 24 hours a day, seven days a week, doing so is practically impossible. The moment you blink, you’ll find your baby getting into trouble somewhere in the house.

When it comes to babyproofing your home, one of the areas that will need serious attention is the electrical components of your home.

Babyproofing Everything Electrical

The most dangerous electrical item in your home is the electrical outlet. If a baby manages to reach an electrical outlet, they could stick something into the sprocket, which can result in a deadly shock. To prevent this from happening, you’ll want to go through your home, room by room, in order to babyproof every outlet in your house. The following are a few ways that you can do this:

  • Use outlet plugs – To prevent your baby from being able to stick something into an unused outlet, you can plug it up using an outlet plug. Outlet plugs simply plug into the outlet like any other electrical device, but they are almost impossible for babies to pull out.
  • Use sliding covers – If you don’t want to use outlet plugs to cover unused outlets because it makes it a hassle for adults to use, then consider a sliding cover. Once a sliding cover is installed, you’ll need to slide the cover out of the way in order to plug something into the outlet. While easy for adults to use, odds are your baby will not figure out how to uncover the outlet, much less hold it open in order to stick something into the outlet itself.
  • Cover outlets with furniture – One of the easiest ways to deal with an unused outlet – or even to prevent your baby from pulling a cord from the outlet – is by covering the outlet with a piece of furniture, whether it’s a couch or a shelf.
  • Use outlet covers – If your outlet is in use, then there’s still a danger that your baby can pull the cords out. An outlet cover will cover both the outlet and the cord plugs.
  • Use power strip covers – There are special power strip covers available that will contain all of the plugs and outlets on a power strip.
  • Use gaffer tape – Long cords can be dangerous not just because babies can try to pull them out of the outlets. Babies can also chew on them, which can be potentially fatal. One way to deal with this is to use gaffer tape to tape your cords down.

These are a few different babyproofing methods that you can use to protect your baby from the potentially dangerous electrical outlets and cords around your home. For more safety advice concerning your home’s electrical components, be sure to contact us at Jaffe Electric.

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