Child Electrical Safety
Child Electrical Safety
Electricity is an essential technology in today's world. Without it, people get sick, food becomes unavailable, and hazards are presented to families when they go without electricity.
Electricity does not just make sure that your lights stay on, it runs the essence and heart of your home.
We can't live without it. But electricity can be very dangerous, particularly when there are small children around.
All of the things that encompass electrical appliances and items that require electricity are all very interesting and fascinating to little fingers and tiny mouths.
How do you protect your children from the electricity that you need to run your household?
There are a few basic things that you need to know, and implement in your home, to maximize child electrical safety in your home.
Child Safety Devices
Using child safety mechanisms is a great starting point when you are implementing electrical safety for your children in the home.
These can be purchased at any children's supply store or store that provides child safety items like Wal-Mart, ToysR Us, or Target.
You want to ensure that every outlet in your home is covered with a child safety plate so that interested fingers don't go wandering into those fascinating outlet holes and sockets.
You can purchase socket covers that will completely cover any socket that you are not using, or purchase sliding plate switches that only you can maneuver when you are plugging items in.
Other child safety devices to protect your child from electricity problems include pull-ropes that you can attach to a child's light switch in their bedroom.
This will give your child some freedom and independence when it comes to switching on or off their own light switches.
Using a pull-rope will allow your child this freedom while keeping them safe from the light switch itself.
You can also purchase bump lights that are lights that act as buttons that are battery operated.
Here your child simply needs to bump the light or press the button to turn on the light that they need without ever coming into contact with electricity.
Many come in a wide variety of fun selections that will even match your child's room theme.
Electric Baseboard Heaters
If you have an older home, you also need to consider the dangers of electric baseboard heaters when it comes to child electrical safety.
When children start crawling or moving around, these items are directly in both their line of vision and touch.
Unfortunately, there aren't any child proof safety products available to help you keep your child away from these hotbeds, but you can instill preventive safety measures.
Block the heaters as much as you can without blocking the pathway of heat.
Rearrange your furniture to hide the heaters and keep them out of sight and out of mind for your little ones.
You may also consider creating large playcenters in the middle of the room with their most interesting toys in the center of the rooms and away from the heaters.
The fortunate thing about baseboard heaters is that their fascination is only temporary. Once your child is able to walk they will find other things in the house much more interesting.
Here are some child electrical safety tips you can implement in your home to maximize the safety of electrical issues in your house and to keep your children safe:
The most important principle about child electrical safety that we can instill is to teach our children properly.
Even young and small children can learn safety rules through the use of pictures, No-No, and phrases like "look, don't touch!".
Teaching our children these skills early will keep them safe and hazard free so that we won't have to worry, and will also teach them valuable skills that they will take with them when they have their own home.
It is NEVER too early to start teaching our children about electrical safety, and it may just save their life.
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