High and Dry After Flood Damage

Repairing the damage done to your home after a flood can look like an overwhelming job. In most cases, it’s best to seek out the services of a professional flood damage restoration team. But when my home flooded a few years ago, I found out that there were some things that I could do myself. Books, clothes, and even furniture can recover from water damage under the right circumstances. Knowing how to prevent mold, and remove it when you find it, can also come in handy after a flood. I know that it can be a devastating event for a family. That’s why I started this blog – to share my experience with flood damage and share the things that I learned that helped me put my home back together. With both professional help, and amateur ideas, hopefully you can learn something useful from my experience.

Child-Proofing For Electrical Hazards: A New Parent's Guide

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So, you're going to have your first child soon. Congratulations! Parenthood is a rewarding and exciting journey that will change your life for the better. At the same time, it's something that comes with a great deal of responsibility. One of the most important preparations you'll need to make for a new baby is to child-proof your home as a means of protecting your child from accidents. Specifically, there are some steps you'll need to take to protect your child from electrical hazards around the house.

Invest in Cord Covers

Children discover the world through all of their senses, but among the most commonly used is that of taste. As such, it's important that you make sure your child can't grab and chew any power or electrical cords--especially as he or she learns how to crawl and walk. The best way to avoid this is to put cord covers around any exposed wires. You should also make an effort to ensure that cords are kept behind pieces of furniture, such as couches and beds, where they cannot easily be reached by tiny hands.

Keep Cords Away From Water

Bath time brings along its own unique set of hazards when you have a little one. You can prevent electrocution accidents by making sure that all plugged in appliances (hair dryers, curling irons, etc.) are kept away from the bath tub at all times. When plugged in (even when not turned on), these appliances could cause electrical shock if they're accidentally knocked into the tub. Better to be safe than sorry and keep them away from the bath (or sink, depending on where you bathe your child) at all times.

Use Outlet Covers

Finally, because children have tiny hands and fingers, you'll need to make sure that all your electrical outlets are properly covered. You can purchase plastic outlet covers at your local hardware store or even at many baby supply stores. These will keep your child from reaching his or her little fingers into electrical outlets. Some outlet covers even come with a child-proof design that prevents children from removing the covers from the outlets.

There are so many precautions to take before bringing baby home that it can seem overwhelming. And while this isn't a comprehensive list of steps you'll need to take to protect your child from electrical hazards, it will certainly get you started. Trust the team at Bunnell Electric Inc. for more information and suggestions on safe electrical equipment for your home. 

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25 February 2015