6 Steps to Childproof your home to prevent electrical shocks and injury
If you have a toddler, then you will know how they like to get their fingers into everything, and that includes plug points. One of the first things you learn as a mom, is to childproof your home. Many people suggest that the mom and dad actually crawl around their house, as a child would do, and see exactly what a child can see. It changes your entire perspective, and you realise how easy it is for a child to shock themselves. Or worse.
Dynamic Electric, electrical contractors in Toronto, offer the following tips to keep your children safe. Your Aurora Electrician will happily come to your home and go through all these tips with you!
Parents, take note!
Cover all your plug points and outlets.
You can buy covers for your plug points at the local hardware store, they are inexpensive and will take away a lot of your anxiety. If you don’t have time, or inclination, to make a trip to the hardware store, ask your Aurora electrician to supply the plug covers. It’s easy to install them, a child cannot remove them, and they basically stop kids from putting their fingers into the plug point holes and electrocuting themselves. Cover each and every one, it will give you piece of mind.
Keep electronic appliance secured.
Things like kettles and toasters should be way out of reach of all toddlers and children, and it is imperative that they cannot reach the wires either. If they can reach the wire, and this applies to any electronic appliance, they can tug it down and injure themselves, burn themselves or start a fire. Keep all your electrical appliances well secured and way out of reach of children. Remember, this goes for the television and stereo system too. Children are curious, and your Aurora electrician in Toronto can tell you just how curious they are!
Keep batteries way out of reach.
Don’t ever leave batteries lying around, whether they are used or not. Batteries are dangerous and when kids get hold of them, they like to put them directly into their mouths. Batteries are filled with toxins, never mind the issue of a child choking. Keep batteries securely locked away. Think also of your TV remote control. For some reason, kids love playing with these. If they drop the remote, very often the batteries fall out. Keep the remotes out of reach too!
Secure all the kitchen cupboard doors and drawers
Use child locks to secure your cupboard doors and drawers. Your electrician won’t do this for you, but a handyman will. Or you can DIY. Those little hands will open anything that opens and closes and often, there are dangerous electrical appliances, glass items or ceramics inside. Rather be safe than sorry, use child locks.
Keep your power cords safe
Your Aurora electrician will tell you the best way to keep all your power cords safe. You don’t want your child to pull them, and you also don’t want your child to nibble on them. And you definitely don’t want your child wrapping a cord around their neck. Electricians have incredible ideas and devices to keep power cords safe and out of baby’s way. Ask for an assessment.
When you have a baby, toddler, or young child, an adult needs to be present. It is important that your child is supervised at all times. Of course as soon as a toddler starts to crawl, you cannot follow them around 100% of the day. But you do need to keep a very watchful eye on your child. Make life easy for you in childproofing your home as much as possible. This just takes away a lot of stress and strain and worry. Make it impossible to have an accident.
We cannot prevent all accidents at home. Your child is going to bump his head. Your child is going to graze his knees. he is going to put everything possible in his mouth, especially when teething. The only things you should leave lying around for your child are teething rings! Perhaps a ball or a toy, depending on the child’s age. But otherwise, don’t leave things lying around, make it impossible for a child to reach those things that can cause harm, and of course, supervise at all times.
If you are in Canada, in the Toronto area, Dynamic Electric are an excellent electrical company, for both residential and commercial properties. They will come in, assess your home, and make it as child friendly and safe as possible. It’s important anyway to have an electrical assessment, or service, on a regular basis, so that your home is safe and secure in every single way. You do not want to take any risks, for you, for your family, and of course, for your children. Make sure your home is the safest it could possibly be.