Disclosure: Today’s guest post is written & sponsored by MPB Electrical.
Electricity is one of the most fear-inducing parts of any home when it comes to kids. Especially when they’re inquisitive children, who love nothing more than to stick their wet fingers into plug sockets! Keeping your children safe around electrical appliances is imperative – and it doesn’t need to be hard work. Here are some great tips and tricks!
Safety Tips and Tricks
Let’s kick off with some quick and easy tips and tricks, to help keep your kids safe around electrical appliances!
- Did you know, you can buy clever socket inserts, to stop children from putting their hands in sockets and getting an electric shock?
- In fact, there are plenty of products on the market that have been designed to keep children safe around electrical appliances. It’s well worth seeing if there is anything that will make your life easier!
- Another top tip is to turn all appliances off at the wall when they’re not being used. Especially if they’re within reach of little hands.
- It’s a good idea to sit down and have a talk with your children about the dangers of electricity. You don’t need to frighten them, but just warn them how scary it can be.
- Get rid of any unnecessary sockets or appliances. If they’ve never been used, put them away or cover them up.
- The same goes for old appliances, which can be dangerous if they’re not up to scratch.
- Try not to overload any extension leads, which is a common cause of house fires. The bar type extensions are better than the blocks, as they put less pressure on the socket.
- Keep everything as high up as possible, if you can. Especially things like hairdryers, straighteners and irons. The mixture of heat and electric is a severely dangerous combination.
Making Big Changes
Sometimes, you may need to make slightly bigger adaptations to the home, to ensure that it is child-friendly. For example, moving low sockets so that they’re out of reach from sticky hands. If this is the case, make sure you find a reputable electrical company to do this for you. Thousands of house fires are caused by faulty electrical installations every year, so don’t let this happen to you.
Start by searching for companies in your local area – for example, domestic electricians Leeds and then work from there. Check reviews for each of the businesses and ask your friends or family if they’ve had dealings with any of the ones you’re interested in. Most electricians will provide free, no-obligation quotes for work that needs to be done, so get a few prices in. Only then will you be able to decide who is the right man (or woman) for the job. If you discuss your concerns about child safety with them, they may also have other recommendations. Perhaps something that’s never even crossed your mind! Trust the experts, they’ve seen everything before.
Keeping your children safe around electrical appliances may seem daunting, but it’s something that will soon come naturally. And you won’t have to wrap your child up in cotton wool to keep them safe, either!