One of the biggest responsibilities that a new parent will have is ensuring the safety of their little one. Of course, you cannot protect your child from all harm, since there are sure to be scraped knees, bug bites and other bumps and bruises. However, there are very real dangers that you can easily safeguard against.
One main danger to curious little ones would be the electricity used in your home. There are just a few quite simple steps you can take to make sure your Ottawa home is properly childproofed from shock and electrocution.
The first, most obvious step is to cover empty electrical outlets. Little ones may try to stick things in the empty
socket, which could lead to electrical shock. Small, plastic placeholders can be purchased at almost any home improvement store or department store. These placeholders will childproof the outlets, but they can be removed anytime you need to plug something in.
Loose electrical cords can get in the way of children who are learning to walk. They could also look like something to play with or even chew on. In order to protect your child from this danger, make sure all cords are secure and out of reach. Cord keepers can be purchased that will stow away the excess slack in the electrical cords.
In the bathroom, make sure you have no small electrical appliances within easy reach of the bathtub. In addition, always unplug any of these small appliances when you are not using them. This would include hair tools like hairdryers, hot rollers, curling irons, beard trimmers, and shavers. With one quick tug, one of these tools could easily be pulled in the bathtub.
In the kitchen, unplug any small appliances or put them away out of reach of children. For example, a plugged in toaster needs to be away from curious hands that could stick a fork in the electrical coils while trying to reach a toasted item.
Finally, do not leave a child unattended near a space heater or electrical fan. These two items pose a threat if the child where to try to reach into them or push a toy through the safety bars.
You can easily childproof your Ottawa home against electrical shock. By taking simple steps to keep your little one away from possible danger, you will be able to enjoy their childhood without fear of danger from electricity.