Very educational experience. Learned a lot about child-proofing a home. Job was done in a timely manner and it looks great.
Electrical Outlet Safety Covers Products and Installation
Choosing the Best Baby Proof Electrical Outlet Safety Covers
Purchasing and installing electrical outlet safety covers for your residence is an extremely important step in making your home safe for your baby or toddler. But what’s also important is to select the right type of socket protectors to keep curious hands of your child away from electrical dangers. When you’re looking to child proof your outlets, consider both peculiarities of your home and your child’s needs in order to find the right fit for your entire family.
One of the most common causes of outlet plugs failing to protect children occurs because adults forget to close the cover after using an outlet. Sliding outlet covers stop this accidental situation from ever occurring due to the self-closing design. Installation commonly requires a screwdriver, just like a regular outlet cover.
Box socket safety covers protect the entirety of electrical outlets and some models may even accommodate an adaptor. The lid feature allows for the plug to be reliably closed off while devices are plugged in. This is a great solution for outlets that are constantly in use: unlike self-closing covers that are only meant to prevent a child from putting items inside, it also prevents pulling a plug out of the socket and interrupting the operation of a plugged device.
Because long cords are a likely hazard, look into covers with cord shorteners. Certain box outlet cover types, like those manufactured by Safety 1st, feature storage functions of up to four feet of cable. With less room occupied by cords comes the decreased chance of your child stumbling or falling over cables.
When child proofing your outlets, remember to see to your home’s exterior as well. Outdoor outlet covers prevent more than outlets becoming a hazard for your child: being weatherproof, they prevent rain and insects from finding their way into your electrical sockets. On a rainy day water trapped inside may cause short circuit or distribute electric potential outside the outlet, so an uncovered exterior of the outlet or even a wall around it can give an electric shock to a child or adult touching it. Additionally, some of these covers are lockable. For added security, locking feature prevents others from using your property’s electricity while you’re away from home.
Outlet plugs or caps are made in a range of shapes and sizes. As an inexpensive option and an easy-to-use solution for traveling, this type of baby electrical outlet protector is a go-to option for a cost-effective way of childproofing outlets. However, the drawbacks of outlet plugs are that older models may not fit securely in place, adults may forget to put a plug back into the outlet after using it, and the caps are easy for children to remove. To purchase the right outlet safety cap, remember that colorful or stylish plugs will attract the eye of curious babies. Also, baby proof outlet plugs should be too large for becoming a choking hazard. A good rule of thumb is that if a plug or cap fits inside a toilet paper tube, the device is too small.
Tamper resistant outlets look almost exactly like typical outlets, but feature a design that blocks foreign objects like paper clips from making their way into the socket. Shudders in place only open when a grounded or two-bladed plug is inserted into the outlet, so the pressure is applied on two sides at the same time. While this option for childproofing your home may appear like the easiest and permanent solution to the hazard of electrical shock to children, it is important to note tamper resistant outlets are not fully tamper proof. Children could still attempt to plug in nearby dangerous devices or insert two items in both holes at once.
Exposed coaxial or AV cable outlets are commonly installed right at the eye-level of crawling babies and toddlers. While the voltage in this kind of circuit is too low for a serious electrical shock, there is still a risk of some shock, especially if your baby decides to lick it. You also don’t want your kid to insert items inside the outputs and damage them. A range of solutions exists for various kinds of sockets for audio, video, and computer equipment. Plate or rounded covers are two of the average available options that can be easily installed with screws.
Cable TV, internet, and other wires around your home are best kept confined within baseboards. Organizing cords and cables in this manner will minimize the chance of a pet or child playing with them and possibly damaging the wires or devices. However, when you can’t avoid a cable crossing the floor, long-shaped covers for cords and cables are available to help you hide the wires under them, being attached to the floor.