Children and toddlers are curious about everything and they spend lots of time on the floor where electric outlets are located. If they can’t put things in their mouths, they’ll try putting their fingers into interesting looking places. Take advantage of the many options available to protect the little people in your home.
Tamper Resistant Receptacles
Believe it or not, most accidents involving children and electricity happen when adults are in the same room. Since 2008, tamper-resistant receptacles are required for all new or renovated homes. These receptacles have a spring-loaded shutter that closes the electrical slots when they’re not being used. If you have a new home, or if you recently renovated your home, don’t assume that the correct receptacles were installed. The outlets should have the letters “TR” or “tamper-resistant” printed on them.
If your home isn’t new, and you’re not planning a renovation in the near future, plastic receptacle covers will do the trick. These plastic covers have been on the market for years and will keep little fingers out of the outlet. One of the biggest challenges with these covers is remembering to put them back in the outlet when finished using it. It’s an inexpensive way to add safety to your home.
Sliding Outlet Covers
Sliding outlet covers, or self-closing outlet covers, are a bit on the pricey side, but if you can afford them, they’re worth the price. When the outlet isn’t in use, the cover snaps back automatically.
There are other simple ways to safeguard babies and toddlers against electrical shock. When using extension cords, keep them hidden away and out of reach as much as possible. Avoid hanging cords, which pose a double hazard if there’s an item that can fall if the cord is pulled. If you only need them for a short time, remember to promptly remove them when you’re finished. Additionally, use furniture to block receptacles where possible.
JM Mullen can help you do a safety inspection of your home and provide solutions to keep your family safe. We monitor the latest technology and can keep you informed about new products. Contact us today for a free appointment at 410-266-6316 or online at www.jmmullenelectric.com.