According to statistics compiled by Statistic Brain, roughly 2,555 children receive medical attention due to a wall outlet accident. What is more harrowing is that 70 percent of child-related electrical accidents occur even when an adult is present in the room.
Young children are bright-eyed and curious about the world around them and more often than not, they will do anything just to see what would happen—including sticking something (hairpins, keys, paper clips, etc.) into an electrical socket. This is why parents should speak to a trusted electrician, such as the ones from Electrical Experts, regarding taking proactive measures to keep children at home safe:
Outlet plugs, a.k.a. safety plugs, are special plugs that fill in unused outlets. These plugs are specifically engineered to be difficult for young children to remove, eliminating chances to stick something into an electrical outlet. On the other hand, outlet plugs are relatively simple to remove if you are a teenager or an adult, helping keep outlets accessible. These are one of the most affordable options available.
Many homes today have more outlets than they probably need at any one point. Keep your children safe by adding a sliding plate on unused outlets. Sliding plates can even be painted to match your walls, camouflaging it when it’s not in use. After all, the saying “out of sight, out of mind” tends to apply well with young children. Sliding plates are usually a more convenient option as you don’t need to worry about reattaching or losing your outlet plugs.
Child-proof outlets, a.k.a. tamper resistant receptacles, are specially designed spring-loaded outlets that prevent anything from reaching electrical contacts when unequal pressure is detected. In other words, plugs go in as normal, but items like forks or pens are pushed back by the spring mechanism. If you’re interested in this option, you can easily ask your electrician to swap out your regular outlets for child-proof outlets.
Electrocution Statistics, statisticsbrain.com
How to Baby-Proof Electrical Outlets & Cords Like an Expert, momtricks.com