Accidents around the home result in millions of injuries to the most vulnerable members of your family — young children and pets — each year. For example, approximately 2,400 children receive emergency room treatment annually for injuries caused by inserting objects into electrical receptacles, according the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
With a few precautions, these & other injuries can be avoided.
- Install tamper resistant outlets (TROs) that protect against small children inserting foreign objects into them. Simple plastic caps typically used can be easily removed by some children.
- Keep electrical cords tied up or out of sight.
- Unplug all appliances when they are not being used, such as hair dryers or coffee makers.
- Keep appliances out of children’s bathrooms.
- Teach children not to touch appliances when they have wet hands and to keep appliances away from water.
- Teach children other basic safety tips such as staying away from outlets and not touching electrical cords. Some of the same tips apply to pets.
- Keep electrical cords away from cats and puppies who love to chew on them.
- Make sure night lights and appliances are fully plugged in. Partially exposed prongs can be a temptation to curious critters, which is especially dangerous when you are asleep.
- Keep halogen lamps away from pet play areas. If knocked over, they could start a fire.
- Keep appliances in bathrooms away from water. Playful pets can knock radios or curling irons into water, creating a dangerous situation.
- Discourage cats and dogs from curling up for naps behind electrical equipment such as computers.