By nature, young children, especially babies and toddlers, are very curious. That’s because they’re just starting to learn about the world and everything that goes on around them. They like to see what their parents and others are doing and imitate their behaviors. Most of the time, this is cute and harmless. This, however, can also be dangerous. Throughout your day, you plug many things in and you probably don’t even realize you’re doing this. A child, however, pays attention. They see you plugging in lamps and such and they want to imitate that behavior to be just like you.
#1 Electrical Outlets can cause Shocks and Burns
Electrical outlets are extremely dangerous for young children. Children like to mimic you by placing coins, keys, paperclips, bobby pins, jewelry, and other small objects into the socket. Whatever, they can get their hands on, they till try to jam into an outlet. This can lead to serious injuries and even death. According to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a 10-year study showed that about seven children per day were injured by an electrical receptacle. Roughly half of those were 2-3 years of age. That’s a large enough amount that should prod parents to take action.
#2 Childproofing Outlets Can Prevent Injury and Death
The scope of injury varies from child to child, depending on things such as age, weight, the voltage of the current, length of contact, and more. A child who is shocked can experience anything from minor discomfort to serious injury. It’s a risk you don’t want to take as a parent and therefore all outlets should be covered. There’s no reason not too, especially when it takes mere minutes to install outlet plugs.
#3 A Few Dollars for Outlet Plugs Prevents Thousands of Dollars in Medical Bills
Outlet plugs and covers are incredibly affordable. You can purchase a pack of 36 for only a dollar. If you don’t then you run the risk of thousands of dollars worth of medical bills from burns, shock injuries, cramps, chest pain, and more.
#4 You Don’t Want to Find Yourself in a Terrifying Situation
If you don’t childproof outlets in your home, you may find yourself in a terrifying situation. Would you know what to do if your child got electrocuted? Many wouldn’t. Many would have the first instinct of running to their child, consoling them, and picking them up. If you do this, however, you can injure yourself and your child more. According to the Mayo Clinic, you should never move the injured person unless they’re in immediate danger. There are also several other steps you need to follow from turning off electricity to beginning CPR.
Serious Injury can be Avoided
All this can be avoided if you simply childproof your outlets. Anyone who has small children in their home needs to take added precautions to make sure that they’re not putting their lives directly in danger.