With extraordinary versatility, electricity has been found to have unlimited uses and if not handled in a cautious manner can result in serious injury or even fatality. Normally, children and babies roam freely in their homes and can easily gain access to electrically operated equipment or components which can be very dangerous. So to protect your kids and eliminate these dangers childproofing your home from electrical hazards would be the most sensible decision.
Electrical Hazards Can Come In Many Forms
When speaking of electrical hazards in your home this is something that should not be taken lightly as it can cause serious injury or damage to property. This is why it is extremely important to thoroughly inspect your home by going from room to room and checking every area where you know electrical devices or components are located to ensure that all is as it should be.
For instance, electrical hazards can appear in several forms however the most commonly found include damaged, overloaded or exposed electrical outlets, loose electrical cords, broken and exposed wiring and flickering lights. In addition, if you identify any of these issues they should be dealt with as soon as possible.
Remember it is important that you go down on your hands and knees when you are conducting your investigation because doing this will give you the visual perspective of a child and also lets you identify any potential, electrical hazards from their point of view.
Tips For Childproofing Your Home
#1 Ensure that the contact numbers and details for the family doctor, ambulance and other emergency services and the nearest hospital are clearly written and kept next to the home telephone. Alternatively or as well, these numbers should be stored in your contacts list of your mobile telephone.
#2 Similarly, every home should have a first aid kit. Above all, this should be in a place that is known to all household occupants and a place that is easy to access.
#3 It is very wise to keep a small fire hydrant in the home in the event that there is an accidental fire.
#4 The importance of household safety switches should never be underestimated. Make sure your electrical switchboard includes a safety switch and ensure that all powerpoints are covered. This is imperative, even when powerpoints are covered by furniture. It is amazing how skilled children are at reaching the seemingly ‘impossible to reach’ places.
#5 All appliances should be switched off at the powerpoint. In addition, they should also certainly be kept well out of the reach of children.
#6 Ensure that electrical cords do not dangle over or off counters. They can be pulled on by little ones.
#7 All electrical appliances should be stored on high shelves or cupboards. It is important that electrical appliances kept in the bathroom are always returned to their proper place. They should be well out of the reach of young children.
#8 Electricity and water are a potentially lethal combination. Take special care that electrical items are never plugged into a power outlet near the bath or a basin.
#9 Garages are typically filled with a variety of items that are dangerous to young children. For this reason, the garage is not an ideal place for children. They should certainly never be left in there unsupervised.
#10 Power drills and other large electrical devices that may be kept in the garage should be unplugged. Therefore, they should also be stored well away from power outlets.
Need Help Childproofing Your Home From Electrical Hazards?
At East-West Electric we aim to provide the highest quality electrical services to all clients. For us, there’s no job too big or small. Our team of certified electricians is on call to come and assist you with any electrical task/s you might have. Including childproofing your home against electrical hazards.
Give us a call today at (727) 771-9403 and get professional help with your electrical work.