In present day to day lives, we are all surrounded by electrical products and spend our entire day around it. Whether it is lights, cables, wires or switchboards or power outlets, extension cables, phone chargers or any other electrical appliance, everything is related to electricity in a way. Electrical appliances are now a necessity to use. But, when you live in a house with kids, you need to be more cautious about the surroundings. You need to manage the electrical appliances in such a way that it does not come within the reach of kids. Because even a second of negligence can result in serious consequences. So, it’s better to be extra vigilant when it is about safety of kids at home.
When we talk about child proofing a home, the first thing that our mind visualizes is a kid inserting his finger in an electrical socket. Doesn’t it? This is one of most vulnerable zone for kids. As we all know, electric current moves at an alarming pace and any direct contact can result in anything from minor distress to disabling the person, and causing death as well. Thus, a home needs to be shockproof for kids. So in this blog, we will be giving you a few tips to make your home shockproof for kids:
1. Use of sockets with safety shutter/ guard
Kids and babies are somehow extremely interested in electrical sockets, and they tend to put their finger, keys or any other object in them. And you know how fatal that can be. So, the best way to prevent shock through electrical sockets is to install sockets with safety shutter1/ guard inside.
2. Make Use of Socket Safety cover
More often than not, kids try to imitate their parents and put plugs in sockets which can be dangerous. To avoid this, make use of socket safety cover2 which will restrict babies from putting finger directly into electrical sockets or inserting any other object in the socket which may cause electrocution.
3. Use ISI marked wires in your electrical system
Non ISI marked wires are less fire resistant and have tendency to melt with high loads. They also do not have good insulation. Non ISI marked wires will have less longevity, are less safer/ eco-friendly as compared to ISI marked wires. So, it is better to have ISI marked wires which will be a step towards safer home and also would be better in longer run. This practice is not specifically to be done only for childproofing but it is useful for safety of everyone.
4. Install plugs and switches properly
If possible, fix switches and plugs at a certain height, out of reach of children.
For switchboards which can or may come in reach of kids in bathroom and balcony area, Splash guard can be installed over the switch board. Splashguard is a cover for switch/ socket board from splashing of water in wet areas.
5. Check other Electronic devices
Kids are more likely to climb over television sets, get interested due to their colours and visuals. So, parents need to make sure that their television sets are secured properly to the wall and better to be mounted at certain height away from their reach.
In bathrooms, appliances like electric trimmers and water heaters should be used cautiously. Since water is an excellent conductor of electricity, care should be taken while using small appliances near sinks. We must not leave these gadgets unattended with kids. All the light fittings and electrical outlets must be appropriately away from the shower area. In kitchen as well, appliances like microwave, OTG, toasters, etc, must be unplugged after use, so that kids might not turn them on accidentally.
You cannot bind the children in any particular space, but you can certainly create a safe zone for them by installing proper electrical devices/ components at your home. Ideally, all the wires should be away from children’s reach, and all kinds of old, cracked or tattered cords & damaged electrical outlets must be avoided. Hopefully above tips help you to make your home safe for kids.
Apart from shock proofing your home for kids, the best all-round protection from electric shock for any home is a well-planned installation of electrical system, consisting of high-quality ISI marked Wires and Cables, Miniature Circuit Breaker (MCB), Safety Device and Residual Current Circuit Breaker (RCCB). To know more regarding Electrical safety at home, you can read our blog.
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