So you have a baby on the way and it's time to start childproofing your home. If you're like most parents, one of the first areas you'll want to take a look at is your home's electrical system. Here are three different ways you can ensure that your home remains a safe space for your child once he or she arrives.
Use Multiple Options to Cover Outlets
First things first, it's time to cover up your outlets as much as possible so that the baby isn't encouraged to stick their finger somewhere it does not belong. But there are multiple options available when it comes to covering up power outlets. If you have an outlet that you know is not going to be in use, you may want to install an outlet cap to completely close it off. If you will on occasion be using the outlet, a sliding plate cover might be more convenient. Finally, if you know there will always be a plug in the outlet, a plastic case that covers the outlet while still allowing a plug to go in would be ideal.
Remove Extension Cords From View
After you have the outlets taken care of, move on to any extension cords you are using to power your devices. An extension cord could end up in your baby's mouth when they start teething, and an electrical shock won't be far behind. Cords are also obviously a tripping hazard and could cause a problem for your baby when they begin to crawl or start learning how to walk. If you must run an extension cord, tape it down firmly to the ground or wall using electrical tape.
Use Power Strips That You Can Gate Off
Another idea is to invest in a power strip or two and try to have all of your electric devices plugged into that one area, as long as it's safe to do so. The idea is to then put the power strip behind a baby gate so that your infant can't even get within striking distance. Just be sure to follow the above advice regarding extension cords if you are going to go with this set up.
If you want to baby proof your electric system, make sure you pay attention to your extension cords and power strips in addition to your traditional outlets. For best results, hire an electrician for a routine inspection of your home's system and ask him or her for any advice on how to best baby proof your home.