If you have a baby on the way, this is surely an exciting time in your life. But with a new baby comes great responsibility. You'll have a lot of work to do around the house to get everything properly baby-proofed and that includes your home's electrrical system. If you want to get your newborn's life started safely, here are a few tips that might help.
Invest in Covers and Cord Protectors
In short, any outlet in the entire house that does not have something plugged into it needs to be completely filled in with a child-proof cover. Baby can't stick things into a socket if there are no sockets anywhere to play with. But while you are working on adding covers to your empty outlets, don't forget about the items you do have plugged in throughout your home. It is possible to buy a plastic casing that will cover the entire outlet but leaves a small opening for a cord to make it through. This keeps baby away from the outlet but keeps your electronics plugged in.
Double Down with Your Furniture
Just because you have every electrical outlet suffciently covered doesn't mean you should stop there. If you want to add another strategic layer of protection, move all of your furniture around so that no outlets can even be seen. Baby can't play with anything near an outlet if it is physically impossible for him or her to crawl over there.
Steamline Your Electronics and Get Rid of Extension Cords
This is also the perfect time to stop and think if you really need every last piece of electronics you own to be plugged in all the time. If you are running extension cords throughout the home, it might be time to rethink things. Reposition your electronics if needed so that you use all available outlets and reduce the number of power strips and extension cords. If you absolutely must use an extension cord, tape it down to the ground firmly with multiple layers of electrical tape and try to hide this behind the furniture as well.
A variety of outlet covers and cord protectors can help you keep your Baby away from the electrical system. If you want additional help making sure everything is set up in the best possible fashion ahead of the baby's arrival, reach out to a local electrician to schedule a home inspection today.