Whenever you’re introducing a little addition to your family, safety should be in the front of your mind. Completely babyproofing a home can be expensive, use extensive resources and can prove to be ineffective. Luckily, there are plenty of ways that you can make sure electrical safety is the top priority in your home!
At Arnold Electrical Services, we understand that life is chaotic. Attempting to manage a Chicago electrical system and a new child is absolutely overwhelming. We’re here to do the hard part for you – whether it is fixing frayed wiring, exposed outlets or dangerous cords. We provide top-notch customer service with an emphasis on family! With upfront flat-rate pricing and reliable service, choosing to shop local has never been so rewarding! To childproof your electrical systems, there are 3 things you need to do:
Cover Electrical Outlets
Every parent’s worst nightmare with a curious, exploratory child is that they somehow find an outlet without parental supervision. Making sure that your outlets are completely covered on the outside can prevent electrical shocks and house fires. First, make sure the outlet itself isn’t exposed. If your outlet wall plate is gone, you’re dealing with an exposed outlet. These are important for ensuring electrical safety in your house as they prevent access to a very powerful electrical component.
Check Your Cords
While fraying may not seem like a big deal, even appliances as small as chargers can have a larger effect on the safety of your home. Ideally, live wires are wrapped in chords of insulation that protect its user from shock or burns. These wires are very dangerous, and almost all cords will go through some form of fraying before they completely give out. The best way to manage this is to simply replace cords before they fray.
Hide Power Strips
Power strips are necessary for any high-tech household, but it doesn’t have a place in your child’s hands. Power strips are certainly not the most unsafe appliance, but as they’re prone to fraying and have an exposed metal strip, it’s never a good idea to leave a child around one unsupervised. You can protect your child by making sure that the power strips you buy don’t have any exposed metals and advertise that they take measures against eventual fraying.
Worried About Your Home’s Electrical Safety?
At Arnold Electrical Services, we understand families. Locally and family-owned, we want to provide our community with safe electrical appliances and peace of mind. Operating since 2008, our licensed electricians provide flat and affordable rates while never cutting corners. We service many areas around Chicago, such as Evanston, Glenview, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village and Harwood Heights!
Whether it’s repair, installation or maintenance, we’re here to serve your electrical needs! We also offer a 24-hour emergency line, so that if trouble strikes, you don’t have to wait until the next business day to find reliable help. A safe home starts with stable appliances, so reach out today!