How To Childproof Outlets
As your baby grows into a more mobile toddler, it’s essential that you protect him from himself. This is especially important when it comes to the outlets in your home. If you’re looking for ways to childproof outlets in your home, look no further. We’re here to help.
Childproof Outlets 101
Outlets can be found in almost every room, which is why it’s only a matter of time before your curious wandering toddler runs into one. Luckily there are a lot of options for childproofing outlets, nowadays:
“Childproof Outlets” AKA Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRR)
Tamper resistant receptacles are designed to keep tiny fingers from shoving objects into receptacles. These childproof outlets feature spring-loaded shutters that close receptacle slots that aren’t in use. TRR have been required in new and renovated homes since 2008, but that doesn’t mean your home may have them. Ensure your child is safe by inspecting each outlet in your home to see if the letters “TR” or the words “tamper-resistant” are on the receptacle surface.
Plastic outlet covers are a great option if replacing your outlets isn’t a possibility. They’re cheap and common so they’re relatively easy to find. A couple of downsides are that you must remember to put them back on when you’re done using an outlet. You also need to keep track of the outlet covers as they pose as a choking hazard to young children.
Sliding Plate AKA Self-Closing Plate Covers
Sliding plate covers are a slightly pricier but safer option. They’re also incredibly easy to install. All you need to do is unscrew your current outlet and replace it with a self-closing plate cover. The sliding plate cover features a spring-loaded piece of plastic that keeps outlet slots covered when they’re not being used (similar to the TRR).
Other Tips For Keeping You Kid Safe From Electrical Dangers In Your Home
- Avoid using extension cables unless necessary. It’s not entirely uncommon for teething children to chew on them. If you need to use extension cables, ensure they’re securely fastened to the wall/floor using gaffers tape.
- Use furniture to block off access to outlets
If you’re looking to update your home with tamper resistant receptacles or you need any other electrical help, call A-Abel today.