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Home Improvement / September 15, 2020
Having a child is a joy, but is your home also ready for your little one? Many homes are not child-safe or -friendly. Here are some basic tips on how to childproof everything electrical in your home.
There are so many electrical items and outlets in the average home, all of which present dangers to your child. To make sure your little one can roam around your home without being in danger of an electric shock, check everything that runs on electricity. TVs, stereos, video game consoles, computers and everything else with wires should be childproofed. Neatly wrap the wires and cables, and mount them so your child cannot reach them. Cable ties, straps, clamps and other cheap but useful products can make every room in your home child-friendly.
You can also find affordable options for covering your electrical outlets so your child doesn’t have any access to them. Little kids are curious enough to sometimes test an electrical outlet by sticking a metal object in it. Apart from keeping such dangerous objects away from your child’s reach, you can also cover all the outlets in your home.
Plastic covers that “plug” into wall sockets are a good option. Test out a few to see which ones are harder to remove. You can simply remove the cover if you need to use an outlet. You can also have some hard plate covers installed over your outlets.
But don’t stop there. Make sure they’re also fastened or at least difficult to knock off their perch. Some home appliances are heavy enough to cause injury if they fall. If an appliance is merely hanging by its power cord, that’s double the danger.
Most flatscreen TVs can be mounted on the wall. Just make sure your TV is high enough so your little kid can’t reach and hang on to it. As for kitchen appliances, keeping them out of reach and perched so their cables are hidden should make your kitchen safer.
There are many more ways to make your home child-friendlier and free from the hazards of electric shock. Handyman Connection® of Grapevine can help childproof your home. Call us at (817) 527-3600, or use this form to tell us about your project, and we will send you an estimate.