Electrical shock and burns cause approximately 2,400 child medical emergencies each year. That’s why it’s important to childproof outlets and prevent kids from inserting keys, hairpins, jewelry, and paper clips into them. Having outlets in your home is of course necessary, and there are ways to make them safer and prevent accidents. If you need a residential electrician in Frederick County to update your home and install childproof outlets, you can count on the professionals at Tim Kyle Electric, Heating & Cooling to do so.
Types of Childproof Outlet Covers
Outlet plugs are cheap, good for traveling, and come in various shapes and sizes. The downside is they can be a choking hazard if the child learns how to remove them and puts them in his or her mouth. This is especially true if the outlets in your home are old, because they may not hold the plug tightly enough. If you choose this option, avoid a colorful one as it might be more attractive to your baby. Also, make sure you test how easy or difficult it is to remove them before settling on this easy option.
Sliding outlet covers are another solution. They are installed by removing the screw that holds the existing cover plate and replacing it with this cover. When a plug is removed, the cover closes over the socket holes. This type does not pose as a choking hazard and cannot be removed by the child.
Finally, box outlet covers are great for items that are always plugged in. They’re available in plenty of sizes to cover small or large electrical plugs and the outlet. They’re also easy to remove by an adult if the outlet is needed.
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