Anyone who is already a parent realises that as soon as baby is old enough to crawl, apparently usually about eight months old, they will be getting in to everything and anything! With a baby on the way, we have all this to come and whilst there are some resources available to new parents to prepare them for this “adventurous stage” it is always best to be proactive and childproof the home before you are too sleep deprived to or there is an incident. Whether your parents, grandparents, child-minders or simply have friends’ kids coming and going from your house it is a safe bet that you may need to childproof your home – especially the electrics.
I’ve covered some advice in this blog for ensuring your electrics are as child-friendly as they can possibly be. However, it is always best to keep the little ones away from electrics anyway but these should help as a guide, just in case.
First things first – plugs and electric sockets. This may seem obvious, however, all to often there are terrible accidents where children poke fingers, toys and other things into outlets with awful consequences. You may have heard of the simple plastic socket covers you can buy from Mothercare or John Lewis. These are ideal.
Even better, tamper resistant receptacles – these are basically where the outlet receptacle looks like the holes have been covered over with plastic. In fact, these are spring-loaded shutters and they close off the holes. The only time these shutters will open is if they are pushed at precisely the same time (by you plugging something into the outlet). Since children often can’t or won’t push into both openings at once its unlikely they would be able to poke anything into the outlet.
Next up, wires! These can be a big hazard – especially if they’re hanging out over the sides of low tables with heavy lamps or objects attached. Try and hide your wires away out of sight and reach of little hands – cable tidies are ideal but remember, don’t run leads or wires underneath rugs or carpets because you will not be able to see if they become damaged and that presents a big safety hazard.
Extension leads/power strips can be another problem, let’s face it, they are at a kids’ level often on the ground nearby where they are playing. If you are not using all the outlets in the power strip/extension lead they present a shock hazard to the baby and even if they are all being used the child can easily unplug anything themselves. More safety issues! If you have plugs and electrics coming out your ears it may be worth getting more wall sockets and plugs fitted. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Frayed wires or scorched plugs – there is definitely a problem for children and anyone in the home – call us on 0207 1187737 to take a look and ensure you’re putting safety first.
Hope these tips are helpful and your homes are even more child-friendly with this advice.