How to Childproof Your Home’s Electrical Components

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While preparing a nursery for your new arrival, you might be thinking about cribs and changing tables, but it’s also important to take the time to make all of your home’s outlets childproof. There are several different products available that allow you to do this. You can also call Armstrong to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed electricians in Lubbock to help with all your electrical needs.

Caps or Plugs

Outlet caps and plugs are plastic prongs molded to fit inside the socket. They sit flush against the faceplate. Manufacturers make them in two- and three-prong styles. These protective covers might be sufficient at first, but it won’t be long before your toddler can remove them.

The benefits of these plastic pieces are that you can quickly install them, and they are portable. The downside is they do not offer a permanent solution, and because of their size, the caps and plugs are a choking hazard.

Sliding Outlet Covers

You can have the existing outlets fitted with sliding covers. To access the socket, you will need to align the holes by pushing the plastic slider over. Once you unplug something, the slider automatically moves to cover up the socket.

These offer a more permanent fix. There are no loose pieces. Because it automatically covers the holes when not in use, you don’t have to remember to cap or plug the socket. If you find these difficult to install correctly, call Armstrong today. We can send one of our electricians in Lubbock and the surrounding area to your home.

Box Outlet Covers

These hinged protectors sit on top of the faceplate. They are plastic flaps with a small opening at the bottom. Companies designed them so that you can still plug something in while covering the outlet. The wire will hang out of the base. They are useful over outlets that always have something plugged into them. Small hands cannot lift the cover off.

At Armstrong Plumbing, Air, & Electric, we recommend putting these in offices, living rooms, and other areas where you always keep electronics or appliances plugged in. Our electricians in Lubbock can help you install these when you are having service done at your house.

GFCI Outlets

GFCI outlets monitor the flow of power. If it detects a break or interruption in the current, they stop the flow of electricity. GFCI outlets are vital if an appliance overheats or comes in contact with water. GFCI stands for ground-fault circuit interrupter. An electrician can install these. 

AFCI Outlets

Like GFCI outlets, AFCI outlets also protect your home from current that is not flowing properly at points in your electrical system. AFCI outlets work by stopping arcs. An arc in electricity can cause a spark, which can lead to a fire. AFCI stands for arc fault circuit interrupter. The electricians from Armstrong Plumbing, Air, & Electric can inspect your electrical system for issues that may be helped with an AFCI outlet. You’ll have increased peace of mind as you prepare your home for your new arrival.

Call Armstrong for an Electrician In Lubbock Today

There are many devices and tools available to make your home safer for your little ones before they arrive by childproofing your home’s electrical components. To learn more, contact local Lubbock electricians at Armstrong Plumbing, Air, & Electric.