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How to Childproof Outlets

Learn how to childproof outlets with Mister Sparky

Having little ones in the home is a cause for great joy. However, it also means that parents, grandparents and other caretakers need to ensure that their homes are safe for children. Electrical outlets, for example, can make for a serious danger. They can cause injury or even death. Therefore, taking the time to call an electrician to childproof outlets is of utmost importance.

INSTALL TAMPER RESISTANT RECEPTACLES

One way to protect children from outlets is to upgrade the electrical system to include tamper resistant receptacles. Sometimes, little ones will stick their fingers or foreign objects into the receptacles, which can lead to serious injury or death. These receptacles work only if a plug is evenly placed in them, thereby offering a level of protection against a child placing an object in one. Guardians should keep in mind that kids can circumvent the safety of these features. For example, they could stick a plug into the outlet. While having these receptacles offers a layer of protection, guardians must use this mode in tandem with other practices as opposed to only by themselves. A qualified electrician must perform the work of installing these new receptacles.

PURCHASE PLUG PROTECTORS

Guardians should also look into plug protectors. Usually, these protectors are pieces of plastic that go into the outlet. They are supposed to be difficult for children to pull out. If the outlet is filled with the protector, nothing else can be inserted. Working with an electrician is a smart way to find out what the highest quality of these protectors is. Some brands, for example, may offer little resistance and easily fall out with the gentle tug of a child. Others may not provide the highest level of durability. In other words, they might not defend against a child who tries to push them farther into the outlet.

DISCOVER PLATE COVERS

Plug protectors might work well for outlets that you don’t use too often; however, if people are constantly having to remove and replace these devices, doing so could be a bit irritating. Therefore, they may wish to look into sliding plate covers instead. When homeowners ask an electrician to come to check out the electrical situation in the house, they can discuss the most practical solutions that will also keep their little ones safe. A combination of plate covers and plug protectors may make the most sense.

WATCH THE CORDS

In general, extension cords are not supposed to be used for long-term solutions. Individuals who are currently using them in such a manner should speak with electricians about safer solutions for their homes. Additionally, children may try to play with electric cords. They could poke holes in them leading to hazards. Also, they might get wrap the extension cords around their necks. Guardians also need to be aware of whatever cords are plugged into the outlets. When it comes to childproof outlets, it’s about more than just the singular outlet itself. Guardians may wish to put up gates to keep little ones away from the outlet and accompanying cords entirely.

Trying to childproof a house is a task that might seem overwhelming. Therefore, individuals can discuss their decision to childproof outlets with qualified electricians. In these conversations, they can gain the necessary information to make the right choices for their families and their homes. They can learn about the newest standards and methods to protect their families.

Mister Sparky® of Oklahoma City, America’s On-Time Electrician, serves the Oklahoma City, OK area with a team of certified electricians in Edmond, Midwest City, Norman, Yukon, and Del City. In addition to emergency electrical repairs, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, residential wiring repair, landscape lighting installation, and home electrical inspections. Call us today at (405) 213-0791 to schedule an appointment!