Baby-proofing your home may seem like something that you don't need to do until your baby starts showing signs of mobility, like scooting around the floor or at least sitting up and rolling over. However, there are so many things in the average home that can be dangerous to babies and it doesn't hurt to transition your home into a safer environment. Here are some tips to help you when you're trying to keep your home electrical-hazard-free for your infant.
1. Use safety outlets or outlet covers
Of course, all the outlets in your home should be protected by GFCI or AFCI technology, but that's just a basic precaution that you shouldn't rely on to keep your baby safe. These outlets are designed to stop a sudden power draw as soon as possible, which means they can stop an electrical shock faster than instantly. But with a baby, you want to stop that shock from ever happening. So use one of the several varieties of outlet covers—you can get some that will protect unused outlets and others that will keep babies from pulling plugs out of sockets.
2. Avoid power strips
It's true that you can plug outlet caps into a power strip as well. But if you want to keep your baby from pulling the cords out, you may have to buy a bulky power strip protector—even then your baby could still grab a cord and pull hard. So, you may wish to avoid power strips or else use them only on higher-up surfaces and otherwise well-attached so they can't be pulled down by the cord.
3. Eliminate longer cords
Although babies are less likely to chew through an electrical cord easily, you should still supervise them to ensure they don't try. Despite your best intentions, too-long cords can still present a strangulation hazard, so gather up the excess of each too-long cord and secure it out of reach so the baby won't be able to access it.
These tips will help you prepare for a newborn as you go through the house baby-proofing, protecting your little one from electrical hazards that adults are hardly even aware of. Remember to protect every outlet, even those that can only be seen from the floor, since that's the baby's vantage point so he or she is sure not to miss them. For more information or assistance, contact services like A Pro Master Electric.