Outlets provide electricity to power everything from lamps and appliances to the electronic devices that entertain us and make our lives more comfortable. Along with the convenience of outlets, however, comes a danger of potential shock and even fire.

This is especially true for babies and toddlers as they become mobile. They may try to stick fingers or other objects into outlets, pull on cords, or express their natural curiosity in other potentially dangerous ways.

Follow these guidelines to keep outlets safe, especially from infants and toddlers.

Outlets Guidelines

  • 1 Use tamper-resistant receptacles or install outlet safety covers on all outlets.
  • 2 Replace or repair damaged/loose electrical cords immediately.
  • 3 Never run extension cords across doorways or under carpets.
  • 4 Install ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in your kitchen, bathroom(s), laundry room, basement, and outdoor areas.

Outlets Checklist

  • All outlets have tamper-resistant receptacles or safety covers.
  • Cords (including extension cords) are out of the way and secured appropriately.
  • GFCI outlets are installed in the kitchen, bathroom(s), laundry room, basement, and outdoor areas.