Childproofing Electrical Outlets - Integrity First Electrical

Electrical outlets may appear to have a minor appearance to our adult eyes, but to a child they are eye-level and inviting. Many children create all sorts of enchanting reasons for the electrical outlets to be a fun place to play by, from their preliminary knowledge of the outlets helping to turn on their favorite electronics to the convenient face-like appearance of a three-pronged outlet. Young children often try to stick their fingers or favorite toys in the outlets, and some children form a tendency to lick the outlets. Prevent any incidents within your own household by childproofing your home and covering the outlets before your little ones find them first! There are several different products available to help you to childproof your home. Chances are you will be able to find these supplies at any local hardware or convenience store in the Jacksonville, Florida area, but if not contact a local professional to provide and even install them for you. • The first type of device is a classic plastic outlet protector. This is an inexpensive simple cap that plugs into the outlet in place of an electronic device, limiting your child’s access to the all-to-tempting holes the outlet provides. • The next suggestion we have it to switch out your switch-plate. Put a complete cover over the outlet. This can be done by simply unscrewing the outlet cover and replacing with a solid switch plate. Many parents prefer this over plastic outlet protectors because this eliminates all small pieces that could be a choking hazard. • A third suggestion is a tamper-proof outlet cover. This is another type of switch plate that has child-proof covers over the outlets. This means that your little one won’t be able to move the covers, but if you need to plug something in you will have easy access to the outlet. • Our final suggestion is tamper-resistant resistance shutter outlet covers. Much like the tamper-proof cover, this is a switch-plate that will grant you access to the outlet holes while not exposing holes to tempt your child to play. Instead of an outward cover, however, this is an inner shutter that moves aside when a plug is inserted into the hole.   All of these are great options to keep your child safe while exposed to electrical outlets.  

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