Are you absolutely certain your home is an electrical safe zone for your kids? Each year, approximately 100 precious little lives are lost to at-home electrocutions, simply because kids love to explore and play. As a parent, you can prevent your child from falling victim to the serious dangers of electricity, simply by exercising caution and implementing the appropriate safety mechanisms. At Harrison Electric, safety is our top priority, so if your home features any of the following hazards, our team is always here to help you find a safe solution.
Exposed Electrical Outlets
If you have children, your household electrical outlets should always be covered when they’re not in use — no ifs, ands, or buts. Kids don’t inherently know electrical outlets are dangerous, and because receptacles often exist within a child’s reach, they’re a prime target for exploration. To eliminate this safety hazard from your home, you have a wide variety of options, some of which include:
● Inserting childproof electrical outlet plugs in any open outlets.
● Fitting childproof power strip covers over exposed surge protectors and power strips.
● Installing locking outlet covers over receptacles near the ground.
● Retrofitting your home with tamper-resistant outlets. A residential electrician can perform comprehensive outlet replacement, so you never need to worry about whether you forgot to cover a low-lying receptacle.
Loose, Dangling Electrical Cords
These days, it seems just about everything requires a charge or an electrical source, which means it’s common to have multiple cords hanging around the house. Unfortunately, loose, dangling cords present significant safety hazards to your little ones that aren’t only electrical in nature. If your child yanks on a loose cord, he or she may not be aware that something is attached to the other end, and unfortunately, accidental injuries often ensue.
To help reduce your children’s risk of injury from falling objects and electrical shock, consider implementing these safety measures:
● Use cord shorteners and wire organizers to tidy up loose cords and keep them contained.
● Try taping loose cords to the floor.
● Hide cords behind large, immovable pieces of furniture.
● Use duct cord covers that sit flush with your floor to keep multiple cords contained.
Electric Appliances Near Water Sources
Young children love to explore and tinker with the household items that Mom and Dad use frequently. After all, if Mom and Dad touch it, it must be perfectly safe, right? Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. You and your spouse might exercise care around electricity and water, but your kids aren’t aware that water and electrical appliances don’t mix.
Even if you educate your kids on the dangers of electricity, that education may not be enough to protect them from harm. When your toaster looks like a super fun toy, in the excitement of the moment, that safety education evaporates right out of their adorable little heads. If your kids are constantly reaching for small household gadgets that you might store near your sinks — like toasters, hairdryers, curling irons, and the like — it’s best to keep those items out of sight.
If, however, you prefer to store them on the counter for easy access, make sure you unplug your appliances when you’re not using them. Coil each cord and secure it with a rubber band or Velcro fastener to prevent your kids from fiddling with it. It’s also a smart idea to insert outlet covers whenever your appliances are unplugged.
Harrison Electric: Residential Electrical Service in the Twin Cities
At Harrison Electric, electrical safety is our number one priority, so if your home contains electrical features that require replacement or upgrades, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We specialize in rewiring and upgrades, outlet replacement, home electrical troubleshooting, and a wide variety of other services to ensure your home remains well-protected from electrical hazards. To learn more about how we can help you make your home as safe as possible, feel free to give our team a call at 763-544-3300 or reach out to us on our contact page. For your convenience, you can also schedule your service appointment online!