The childproofing of homes has changed in recent years, both in the safety products available and the hazards a child faces. In electrical outlets, the solution is tamper resistant receptacles or TRRs. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the services you require to ensure the safety of your family.
Each year, 2,400 children under the age of 10 require treatment in hospitals for shocks and burns due to electrical outlets. The majority are due to small children inserting ordinary objects into outlets.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) recommends tamper resistant outlets, or TRRs. TRRs look similar to a standard wall outlet, but are a spring loaded receptacle cover plate that closes off the electrical slots.
To open the receptacle plate, apply equal pressure to both sides, allowing the cover plates to open, and a standard plug to make contact. Without equal pressure, the cover plates remain closed, preventing children from inserting objects and receiving electrical shock, and burns.
TRRs are an effective and affordable product, providing protection from shock for children. Furthermore, they are a requirement of the National Electrical Code (NEC) for installation in all new home construction. Furthermore, TRRs are not a new product, as they have been required in hospital pediatric care facilities for over 20 years.
As an electrical product replacing standard outlets, TRRs are hardwired into the home’s electrical system, and only a licensed and qualified electrician should provide installation. A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the installation you need to upgrade your home’s safety.
Extension cords are a hazard to your baby. Teething babies will chew on them, babies and toddlers can pull on them, bringing any attached object down on them, they are a tripping hazard to toddlers and adults alike, and children can insert objects into open receptacles.
Extension cords are for temporary use only, such as when you need to use an electric drill. They are not a permanent solution to a lack of outlets. If this is your reason for using extension cords, contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL for installation of extra TRR electrical outlets where needed.
Power strips are an additional hazard, and an additional sign that your home lacks adequate outlets. Today’s home requires a greater number of outlets than ever, especially around a computer and the TV.
Additional electrical safety tips for homes with young children include:
- 1. Replace electrical equipment with old, frayed, or damaged cords, or have the cords replaced.
- 2. You can bind the excess cord on lamps or other electrical devices with a zip tie. Sleeves, and holders are available for cord organizing, storing, hiding, and some of the products will secure to walls, helping to prevent toddlers and babies from pulling the objects down on them.
- 3. Place television and stereo equipment against the wall so young children are unable to access the area behind them. When this is not possible a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL can organize and contain the mass of wires that typically surrounding a TV and their other components into sleeves fastened to a wall for a safer and neater area.
- 4. Do not leave an unconnected appliance cord plugged in, such as for a camera or cell phone charger. Small children can put the end of the cord in their mouths.
- 5. Do not place drinks on TVs, DVD players, stereos, computers, game consoles, or other electrical items.
- 6. Limit the number of appliances plugged into a receptacle or extension cord. An overloaded circuit is a fire hazard. If your home requires additional outlets, contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL to schedule installation of additional outlets.
- 7. Do not leave lamp sockets empty, replace the bulb, or leave the burned out bulb in the socket until you do. Empty sockets place everyone at risk, especially children!
- 8. All electrical outlets located near a water source such as a sink, should be a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). GFCIs have a built-in circuit breaker, when a problem occurs, the fuse trips and electricity is cut off to the receptacle. GFCIs require a licensed electrician in Huntsville, AL for installation.
- 9. Do not use a night light, or other electrical products within reach of your child’s crib or bed. A night light is a temptation to small children that can result in shock, and fire when located near the bed, curtains, or other combustible materials.
- 10. To avoid the risk of choking, do not locate a child monitor within reach of an infant or small child. Locate the monitor out of reach of children
A Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL offers a broad range of electrical services including electrical repair, installation, rewiring and other. If you would like to upgrade your home with childproof outlets, a Mister Sparky licensed electrician in Huntsville, AL can provide the services you need for the installation of tamper resistant receptacles. Mister Sparky’s licensed electricians serve Huntsville, Decatur, Guntersville, New Market and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.