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Childproofing for Electrical Safety by an Electrician

Children and Electrical Safety

Have you ever stuck a fork into an electrical outlet?
I have. Fortunately, I am still here to talk about it with you.
Every year hundreds of children try to put things into electrical outlets.
Some of them succeed. Statistics show the most common object that gets inserted are hairpins followed closely by keys then fingers.  Safe electrical outlets are very important when Childproofing your house.  For more information on childproof safety from Kentucky Power, click here.

5 Prevention Products

There are many products out there to keep the little ones fingers and other objects from going into those small holes.

First

The first, is the blank plug cover. It looks like a small cap a fits into the holes on an outlet. Two of them are required for each normal outlet in the US.

Second

We have the blank cover which covers the entire outlet and often comes in color that matches your decor so in effect camouflages the outlet when not in use.

Third

Next on our list of covers and caps is the sliding outlet. Where the entire outlet is designed with a sliding window to allow the plugs to be inserted into the outlet. The window slides shut when no plug is in place preventing small fingers access to where they ought not to go thus creating a safe electrical outlet.

Fourth

Also, there are various box covers that lock over the outlet when cables are plugged in for the various devices we all have in out homes.

Fifth

The ultimate protection for electrical safety comes in the form of the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) also called a Ground Fault Interrupter(GFI). This a special device which is part of the outlet which almost instantaneously shuts down power to the outlet if a short is detected. This is by far one of the safest.

These tips can help childproof your house and protect the little ones that are so dear to us all.  Remember for all your electrical safety needs, contact Rose Brothers & Sons Electric.

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