Electrical Safety: How to Childproof Your Home

Children are notorious for getting themselves into dangerous predicaments. While there’s no way to completely prevent a child from getting into trouble, there are things you can do to keep them safe at home, especially where electrical components are involved. 

To help you get started, here are some tips from expert electrical contractors Bailey & Shipp Electric:

Assess Your Home From a Child’s Perspective

For the most part, children are at a high risk of getting hurt because they simply haven’t learned how to avoid dangerous situations. It’s up to parents, guardians and other adult to assess their home and surroundings like a child to see what dangers the tiny tots face. You can do this by crawling around your home or stooping low to take a look.

Secure and Maintain All Electrical Appliances

Small and large appliances, as well as power tools, account for the majority of electrical accidents. For starters, check all cords to make sure they aren’t frayed. If you have damaged cords, have an expert electrician replace them right away. Inspect all extension cords as well to ensure they can’t be pulled apart easily as well, and inspect outlets for cracks or breaks. Outlet covers should also be staples in your home.

Consider Installing Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters

GFCIs are designed to measure how much electricity is flowing through a circuit and shut down the flow when it detects an electrical surge. They’re best installed in every socket in the home.

The electricians at Bailey & Shipp Electric are the residential and commercial electrical contractors to trust for all your electrical needs. Whether your home  requires repairs or you need an electrical system upgrade, you can count on us to deliver quality service. To learn more about what we can do for you, simply give us a call at (410) 457-3507 or fill out our contact form. Schedule an appointment with us today! We serve Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia, as well as surrounding VA communities.

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