Bringing a new baby into your Sarasota, Florida, home can be an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. One of the most important items to consider when bringing your new baby home is to get your home safe for your new little one. To ensure your baby stays safe, invest in outlet plates and power strip covers and follow basic electrical safety practices in the home.

Check Your Outlets for Safety

First, check to see if your home’s electrical wiring is up to the recent National Electric Code standards created in 2008. This check includes making sure you have tamper-resistant outlets which contain spring-loaded shutters that will close the contact opening of the outlets.

If you do not have these safety features, you will need to invest in outlet plugs for all of your outlets. These plugs pop into the outlet and are easy to remove when you need to use the outlet. You always want to monitor your child around these devices as they can be choking hazards if removed.

Invest in Outlet Plates and Power Strip Covers

These plates cover the outlet when not in use, making it difficult for a child to push to the side and insert something into the outlet without the cover sliding back.

If you have power strips that are easily accessible where your child will be, you will want to invest in some power strip covers as well. These covers encase the entire strip and allow the cords to extend outward where they can then be attached to the item.

Practice Good Cord Safety

A good way to create a safe environment is to practice good cord safety. Electric cords should never be run along baseboards, under rugs, or under carpets. Improper cord placement can not only create tripping hazards but also cause the cords to overheat, resulting in a fire hazard. If you have an outlet that is difficult to reach, have a qualified electrician create more options for you.

You also want to make sure that cords are in good shape by examining them regularly. Cuts and frays can lead to fire and electrocution risks. Also, make sure the cords are out of the way. Consider clipping them together and putting them behind furniture to keep them out of the way.

Teach Good Habits From a Young Age

As they grow older, children will need to be repeatedly told about electrical safety so that they can process it and remember it. Tell them about the dangers of sticking any objects into an electrical outlet or appliance as well as playing with cords they may come across. Always mimic good behavior as well, such as pulling the plug out from the base instead of yanking it. Yanking a cord can cause damage to the cord itself.

While protecting your child is your most important goal, you should always let your children know about the dangers of electricity. Let them know to stay away from power lines when they play, and as they get older, let them know what happens when an electric shock occurs.

Make Sure Your House Follows Basic Electrical Safety Practices

Always keep appliance and electrical items away from water. Your child notices these items from a young age, and if your child sees bad practices, he or she is likely to do the same. You also should make sure that all of your outlets in areas where water may be present, such as the kitchen and bathroom, have a ground fault interrupter designed to prevent electrical shocks. Also, make sure that outdoor outlets are for temporary use. You should never leave something such as a radio plugged in outside. It could cause an electrical fire due to weather conditions.

Prepare your home for your new bundle of joy by following the five electrical safety tips listed above. If you want more information on how to keep your home safe or need electrical work to get your home prepared, contact Arctic Air Services, Inc. at 941-203-7062.

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