5 ways to keep kids safe from electric shock

Published February 24, 2021, 9:00 AM

by Noel Pabalate

The sad news about the death of a two-year-old boy due to electrocution serves as a reminder for parents to always keep an eye on their toddlers and to keep houses childproof. It is important to remember that when setting up your home into a safer place, electricity should be on the checklist.

The photo shows the spoon that the two-year-old Jake Angara sticks inside an extension cord, which causes his life. (Photo by Mharc Louise Angara / Facebook)

Other than keeping hazardous chemicals out of reach, blocking staircases, and placing mats, you should secure outlets to safeguard not just your curious kiddos but also the entire family against electrical hazard. Here are some precautions that you may follow.

Install tamper resistant receptacles (TRR)
TRRs are outlets that have spring-loaded receptacle cover plates that close off slots to prevent contact with electricity. This kind of outlet requires pressure when inserting plugs. Thus, it will be difficult for your little ones to insert something inside the receptacle.

Use electrical outlet covers 
If outlets are not tamper resistant, keep it covered by using electrical outlet caps when not in use. Made from plastic materials, it is one of the cheapest ways to prevent your “terrible twos” from poking fingers and objects. But, it’s more recommendable to use those caps with hidden pull handles that a child will find it hard to grip on.

Avoid using extension cords 
Toddlers have a tendency to chew things they grab, and you don’t want them to do that with electrical stuff. Moreover, you don’t want them mistaken extension cords with toys and knock down appliances plugged into it. If you can’t avoid using them, hide them behind furniture your children can’t access.

Keep water away from electricity
It’s not a secret that water and electricity is not a good combination because it can cause electric shock. So, it’s better to keep away any glass or container with water a child might accidentally spill over electrical outlets or appliances.  

Do a regular electrical maintenance 
Always check your electrical outlets, extension cords, and appliances for any damages or exposed wires. Don’t hesitate to fix it or have it repaired by a professional electrician to avoid any electrical shock, which could lead to injuries or even deaths.