Electrical cords and outlets are of enormous danger to your baby. The mere thought of electrocution is a nightmare for parents. And on top of that, infants and children are somehow drawn towards these electrical outlets and cords.
To prevent your baby from the hazards of electrical outlets, you should consider babyproofing all of them. Easier said than done, with the requirement of so many electrical appliances in our daily lives, baby proofing all the electrical cords are definitely a tiring process.
However, you’ll find seven incredible and easy ways to babyproof electrical outlets and cords further in this article.
1. Replace the traditional electrical outlets with TRR
The first and foremost thing is to know the type of electrical outlets installed in your home. If your house has a conventional electrical receptacle installed, you might want to consider replacing them with the latest kind, known as a tamper-resistant receptacle (TRR).
If your house has been constructed or renovated after the year 2008, you will probably find these types of electrical outlets installed. TRRs are safe because they cover the holes of the electrical cords with spring-loaded plastic.
The electrical outlets open only when you try to push the plastic using the plug of any electrical appliances while plugging them in. It prevents the baby from inserting any objects into the electrical outlets.
2. Electrical cords shortener
Here is another simple way to babyproof the cords laying at various places in the house. Apart from the electrical outlets, babies also love to pull and play with electrical cords.
We have many electrical appliances that have an excess cord either laying across the floor or piled up in a corner. Both scenarios are equally dangerous and might cause harm to your baby.
To put your mind at ease, grab a cord shortener that stores the excess cord spirally inside a plastic case and shortens the cord so you can adjust according to the requirement.
3. Extension cord covers
In many parts of the home, we might need an extension cord laying around the floor of a hallway or a room.
Hazards of electricity are not the only problems encountered with these extension cords, toddlers learning to walk might trip and fall on the ground as they can’t lift their little feet very high above the ground.
While sticking the cord to the floor using a gaffer tape can help you keep the extension cord in place. The difficult task is, to cover the extension cord plug, you can get a babyproof extension cord cover or powerstrip cover that guards the plugs by holding them in place.
4. Sliding plate covers
Here is one of the most convenient and safe ways to babyproof all the electrical outlets of your home. The self-plate covers or sliding plate covers automatically pushes to the side, covering the open holes of an electrical outlet, once you unplug an electrical appliance from the outlet.
You need to slide the plate with the help of the plug to plug it back in, making it difficult for babies to slide and insert things into the electrical cords. The best thing is you can simply add these plate covers to your existing electrical outlets by tightening a screw.
5. Baby Proof electrical outlet caps
These tiny plastic caps used to cover the electrical outlets when not in use can prevent your baby from poking and inserting things into it. This option is more suitable for electrical appliances that are not in constant use such as hairdryers, phone chargers, vacuum cleaners, etc.
Outlet caps plug into the open electrical outlets with a flat surface at the back, which makes it difficult for a baby to grab and pull it from the outlet. However, the downside to this option is that you need to remove and plug in these plastic outlet covers, every time you use the electrical socket.
This means if you forget to pop in the outlet cover after using the outlet, it might not be safe anymore.
6. Plug lock
Here’s another way to stop your little one from plugging and inserting things in an electrical outlet is to use a secure plug lock to cover the electrical outlets of a powerstrip.
You don’t have to worry about covering the electrical cords with an outlet cap, every time you use it. There is a key at one end of the plug lock that locks all the electrical outlets at once with just one twist.
Apart from preventing the baby from inserting things into outlets, this also prevents them from plugging in a specific appliance that may be harmful such as an electric saw, etc.
7. Wrap Cords
Baby Proofing electrical cord is as essential as baby proofing the outlets. Whether it is a single extension cord or multiple cords hanging around a computer setup, it’s necessary to prevent your little one from chewing, biting, and playing with it.
You can use a cord protector that wraps around electrical cords and prevents any sorts of electrical hazards and a wrap or duct cord to bind multiple cords together and babyproof them. Also, make sure to replace any damaged cords around the house.
Apart from following the seven incredible ways mentioned above to baby proof electrical outlets and cords, make sure that your little one does not have access to metal objects such as scissors, coins, cutlery, etc. Such metallic objects conduct electricity when inserted into electrical outlets.