Keeping Kids Safe From Electrical Injury in the Home + GIVEAWAY!

Posted on October 5, 2017 in Sponsored

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with  Electrical Safety Authority. As always, opinions are all mine.

Back when I was nineteen years old and living on my own with Jordan, I’ll never forget when I got an electrical shock in my bedroom of our apartment thanks to a hair straightener!  I don’t remember exactly how it happened, but I remember the extreme pain that went through my whole body from the top of my head to the tip of my toes, it was scary.

After it happened I called my brother in a panic asking if I was going to die from this shock, he laughed and said no and to avoid that plug socket from now on. So, I did just that. I got covers and covered every single electrical outlet in the apartment that wasn’t in use; I wasn’t taking any chances.

Research has found that even low-voltage shocks can have long-term after-effects, such as pins and needles, numbness, memory loss and anxiety.

Ever since that day back when I was nineteen, it’s been my goal to make sure every outlet in our home is not accessible to the little kids, and if they are they are adequately protected. Here are some ways you can keep your kids safe from electrical injury in the home:

  1. Install tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles: to protect younger children from shocks. They have shutters that cover the plug slots and help prevent little fingers or objects from going into the outlet.
  2. Replace broken outlets:  If your outlet has a missing or broken cover plate, replace it immediately. Outlet covers create a barrier between children and exposed wires.
  3. Teach older children: how to plug in and unplug safely. Never overload outlets by plugging in too many cords. Use an approved power bar that has surge protection instead. When it’s time to unplug, don’t yank wires from the wall. This can damage the appliance, the cord, and the outlet.
  4. If a cord is frayed, replace it. Tape won’t protect kids from a shock. Extension cords—which should only be used temporarily—are prone to cracking and fraying, which can lead to a shock or fire.
  5. Water and electricity: can be a lethal mix. Install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs)—the ones with the reset button—in any room with water (i.e., bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms) to help protect from a shock.
  6.  Hire a pro: If you have electrical work that needs to be done in your home, hire only a Licensed Electrical Contractor for the work.

For children under 15 years old, the majority of electrical injuries happen at home. Prevent small fingers and hands from getting shocked or burned by replacing frayed cords, replacing missing or broken outlet covers and keeping little hands from plugging and unplugging things until they are old enough to understand the dangers.

Our kids watch and absorb everything we do. If we can show them how to use electrical devices and appliances safely, they are more likely to be cautious and safe when we aren’t watching.

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58 Comments

  • Reply Amy Heffernan October 5, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I like the Teach Older Children tip!!!

  • Reply Michelle W October 5, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I like #3 Teach Older Children

  • Reply Allie f October 5, 2017 at 10:48 am

    The Teach Older Children Tip!

  • Reply Stephanie LaPlante October 5, 2017 at 10:50 am

    I like number 5 the most because I experienced a scary moment with a frayed cord. It started sparking underneath my wheelchair. No more worn out cords in my house anywhere.

  • Reply Emily October 5, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Tamper resistant receptacles are a great idea!

  • Reply Alison Braidwood October 5, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Installing GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupters) in rooms where water and electricity mix is a great tip.

  • Reply Tricia October 5, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Teach older children!!!

  • Reply Jonnie October 5, 2017 at 11:47 am

    The teach older children tip speaks to me. My kids used to wiggle and jiggle cords to remove them from the sockets. They had to be taught to pull straight out.

  • Reply Hailey October 5, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    With younger kids in my house im Definitly careful of outlets. I like the top about tamper resistant plugs something im really going to look into ! Really scary about being electrocuteted though!

  • Reply Stephanie October 5, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    My favourite tip is to hire a pro. If you don’t know what you’re doing it’s so important to get help from someone who does. Better safe than sorry!

  • Reply Irene October 5, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    The “Teach older Children” tip.

  • Reply Toby October 5, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Teach older children: Never overloading outlets and how to properly unplug are great tips…and to use quality products is super important.

  • Reply kathy downey October 5, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    The tip i found most helpful was teach older chldren.

  • Reply Judy Cowan October 5, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Definitely Hire A Pro tip, anything to do with electricity I think needs to be done by someone who knows what they are doing.

  • Reply Juliee Fitze October 5, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I like replace covers if broken.

  • Reply Florence Cochrane October 5, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    #6 Hire a pro is the best tip for my household to follow.

  • Reply Kim Tanti October 5, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Install a Ground fault circuit interrupter near any area with water source.

  • Reply Maryanne October 5, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    GFCI’s near water!

  • Reply wendy hutton October 5, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Hire a pro tip, I have seen some DIY jobs and its frightening at the mess they do

  • Reply Athena October 5, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Hire a Pro – it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially with electrical work.

  • Reply Laurie P October 5, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    #3 is helpful. Most folks don’t really think about teaching the proper use and safety!

  • Reply Jenny Major October 5, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Teach older children!

  • Reply Jenness M October 5, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    To install a ground fault circuit interupters was the best tip.

  • Reply kristen visser October 5, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    ooo teach older children how to plug in and take out of outlet properly. Such an important tip because they have to learn at some point and what better way then coming from their parent and showing them the proper way of doing it. puts the parents minds at ease as well

  • Reply HEIDI C. October 5, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    I like the Hire A Pro tip. I don’t want my DIY hubby suffering an electrical injury!

  • Reply ivy pluchinsky October 5, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    I think number 3, teach older kids tip is a great tip and should be done.

  • Reply Sab Edwards October 5, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    HIRE A PRO..make sure you ask around on your local fb page because you can get screwed even if they are listed in the phone book etc

  • Reply Carole Dube October 6, 2017 at 12:59 am

    #5. I got an shock when I was a teenager. I walk in a litle puddle of water in my dad shop and turn the knob to put the radio on. Scary!

  • Reply Debbie White Beattie October 6, 2017 at 5:14 am

    I think all of your tips are great but the best one is “Hire a Pro” so you can know for sure everything is up to code and safe

  • Reply Heather October 6, 2017 at 7:05 am

    I am a big advocate for hiring a pro. If you don’t know what you are doing electric can be so dangerous!

  • Reply Courtney October 6, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Definitely #6- Hire a Pro. It’s SO important that you have a professional doing such essential work!

  • Reply lori a butler October 6, 2017 at 8:52 am

    installing the gfci around the home

  • Reply Tara Betterley October 6, 2017 at 9:32 am

    They are all great tips but, the one that hits me the most is Hire a Professional to do all your electrical needs. This is the best option so that you know that it should be done to building code and that it is properly protected!

  • Reply nicolthepickle October 6, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Hire a Pro is the best tip. It’s one of the things not to skimp on.

  • Reply Christine D October 6, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    I think a combo of hire a pro and Teach older children: how to plug in and unplug safely!

  • Reply jeremy mclaughlin October 6, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Teach older children.

  • Reply Jennifer L. October 6, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    I like the tip to only hire a pro. It’s important that electrical work be done correctly.

  • Reply Wanda Tracey October 6, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    My best tip that I like is to hire a pro, someone who is a professional Licensed Electrical Contractor.This would give me a feeling of confidence in having the work done properly in the first place.

  • Reply Michelle Policelli October 6, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Teach older children!

  • Reply Kim G. October 6, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Hire a Pro is the most helpful tip.

  • Reply Melinda October 7, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Replace broken outlets is helpful. I am going to check my outlets.

  • Reply sarah October 7, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    I like the tip to hire a pro. Electrical is not anything I would attempt to do myself.

  • Reply Josh S October 7, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Hire a pro! Sometimes you just need to get a professional to do it.

  • Reply Tammy Dalley October 8, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    The tip teaching older children!

  • Reply Robyn Bellefleur October 8, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    My favorite is the Teach the older children tip.

  • Reply jan October 9, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    To install GFCI’s

  • Reply livviua chandler October 9, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    #3 was most helpful. Another pair of eyes and help

  • Reply Linda October 9, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    I like the advice about teaching older children how to plug and unplug safely.

  • Reply Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard October 9, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    #4 is a really good tip

  • Reply Soozle October 10, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I like the tip of Hire a pro! This is something you shouldn’t fiddle around with yourself if you are not sure :)

  • Reply Tim October 10, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    I like the tip about tamper proof outlets. We have little plug covers, but no actual outlets.

  • Reply tracy k October 10, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    hire a pro!

  • Reply Cynthia R October 10, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    I think tip number #4 is the most useful, replace those frayed cords.

  • Reply Krista M October 11, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Replace outlets is an important one that is actually new to me. I have one in the basement that is shorting out & the maintenance manager in my building is coming to replace it as it can be dangerous.

  • Reply Angela September Smith October 11, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    the tamper resistant recepticles are a must!

  • Reply Karla Sceviour October 11, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    If a cord is frayed,replace it! Great tips,thanks!

  • Reply Carol M October 11, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Hire a pro is my favourite tip. There’s no fooling around when it comes to electricity.

  • Reply carol clark October 11, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    number 4 is what is useful replace those frayed cords

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