Light sockets are typically found a foot above the floor, right at eye level for children. That means as soon as your children can sit up on their own or crawl around, they’re seeing light sockets and wondering what these devices are. While parents try to keep an eye on their children at all times, it only takes a few seconds for kids to find the wall and start exploring. Keep your kids safe around light sockets with these three methods.
Install Kid-Proof Covers on Easy-to-Reach Light Sockets
All parents worry about their children sticking a finger inside a light socket and getting electrocuted. There are so many small toys that can easily fit into outlets and make contact with electric currents. If your kids are on the go and running around the house, consider installing child-proof light socket covers that turn these dangerous eye-level slots into harmless bumps in the wall. You can either invest in covers that allow you to flip them out and plug something in or use latches that only adults can maneuver.
Tuck Your Cords Away
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To your children, electric cords look like fun toys. Kids can wrap cords around things, pull on them, and even chew on them. That means they’re only a few good bites from danger, especially if they have all of their teeth. Even if your baby isn’t a biter, one strong pull could cause your monitor to fall from the desk above and cause serious injury.
Look for ways to hide cords outside of your children’s reach. If there’s nowhere to tuck them, invest in floor tape to secure the cords against the table or on the ground where kids can’t grab them. If possible, unplug devices when they’re not in use, and close the light socket with a cover. That way, even if they do chew on the cords, they won’t be in serious danger.
Teach Them Electric Safety at a Young Age
In past generations, electric safety started with light sockets and ended with avoiding water. However, today’s kids spend a lot more time playing with electronic gadgets, from learning with educational video games to playing on their parents’ iPhones. As such, electric safety is a lesson parents should teach as soon as children can navigate a tablet.
Sit down with your kids to discuss the dangers of light sockets, and show them the proper way to plug in a device to charge it. You might even restrict their outlet access and have them ask you to charge something when necessary. You can also use this time to talk about caring for breakable objects so they understand not to throw your iPad or other smart devices down the stairs.
You can’t protect your children from everything, but following these tips reduces the risk that they’ll be injured by something you could have prevented easily. Depending on how curious your children are, you may have to take additional steps to protect them from the dangers of live light sockets.