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Electrical Safety Tips To Keep Your Children Safe

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If you're the parent of a small child, you know that keeping them safe is a full-time job. While you probably think of your home as one of the safest places for your child, if you're not taking precautions to protect your child from electrical dangers in the home, your child could be at risk for an injury. Make certain you understand how to keep your child safe from electrical dangers in your home.

Hide Extension Cords

Extension cords pose a serious risk for children. For a small child who has just started crawling or walking, an extension cord can look like a fun toy. First, a child could easily wrap a cord around their neck, choking themselves. There is also the risk that a child could yank the cord out of the wall or even put some of the plugs in their mouth, increasing the risk of electrocution.

If you're using extension cords, it's best to keep them hidden beneath or behind furniture or in any other area that your little one can't easily reach. You could also use a hide-a-cord device that protects the cord in a box-like container so that your child can't access it.

Keep Them Dry

After bathing your child or washing their hands, make sure you are thoroughly drying them off. There is a common misconception that you can only get electrocuted if an electrical device falls into a large body of water that you're sitting in, such as a bathtub.

However, if your little one's hands are wet and they come in contact with an electrical device, there is still the risk of electrocution. Even if your child comes in contact with something as minimal as 20V or less, with damp hands, this is still enough to cause injury.

Electrical Safety Inspection

One of the best things you can do to ensure safety is to have a contractor come out to your home and perform a safety inspection. This is especially important when it comes to ensuring that your home's circuit board can safely support the electrical load needs of your home.

For example, say your home's circuit board is not sufficient enough to cover your needs. Something as harmless as installing a new television in your child's room could overload the circuit and cause a fire. With a home inspection, an electrical contractor will inspect the circuit board and every outlet in your home to ensure safety.

Make certain you are keeping the safety of your child a top priority. In addition to your efforts, an electrical contractor can work alongside you to ensure your home is safe. Contact a company like Electrical Contracting at McCaine Electric Ltd for more information.