Are you the proud parent of a baby or toddler, or do you have friends and family who like to visit you with their little ones? If so, this is the perfect time to think about installing childproof outlets in your home. Young children like to play and may see them as a toy. If they get too close to an outlet or put something metal inside, there’s a very real danger of electrocution or burns. Here’s what you need to know about childproofing the ones in your home.
The Different Types of Childproof Outlets
Childproof outlets provide protection because they basically cover it so a child can’t stick his or her fingers or an object inside and come into contact with the electrical current. There are various kinds of childproof outlets:
- Plugs, which can be plugged into an outlet when it’s not in use
- Box outlet covers, which cover both the outlet and the plug
- Sliding covers, which can’t be removed and close automatically
In addition, there are tamper-resistant electrical receptacles, which require two objects to be inserted simultaneously into the holes in order for power to be delivered. However, it’s important to understand that these are not entirely childproof, so additional safety measures may be needed.
Benefits of Childproof Outlets
There are many benefits to childproof outlets—especially around the holidays:
- They protect the children in your household. It can be difficult to keep track of where your children—and guests’ kids—are when you have a full house. Many children just love to go exploring when the adults are distracted. In moments like these, having childproof outlets can provide the protection you need to keep all the children in your home safe.
- They protect others. It’s not just children who need protection. Elderly people with Alzheimers or dementia can also get confused and try to put objects into outlets. This places them at risk of getting shocked or burnt. Childproof covers reduce this risk.
- They provide enhanced fire safety. The latest childproof outlets are designed for superior safety. As a result, they’re much less of a fire hazard than regular outlets.
- They give you peace of mind. Since childproof outlets add a layer of defense between the most vulnerable people in your household and the electrical system, they give you peace of mind. That means you’ll have more peace of mind.
Keep in mind that while childproof outlets add a layer of protection, you can’t rely solely on them to keep your child 100 percent safe. When your baby or toddler is on the floor, make sure you’re always in the same room so you can steer him or her away from any potential hazards.
If you have any questions about childproofing the outlets in your home, reach out to your trusted electrician. He or she will be able to answer all of your questions and advise you on the best way to protect your family.