01:40 - Use safety outlet plugs
02:06 - Keep away hot iron from easy-access places
02:39 - Keep electric gizmos away from sink
03:08 - Keep away gadgets from soft cloth and away from toddlers
04:13 - Keep away sippy cups from gadgets when toddlers are playing with them
05:22 - Do a safety check 1-2 times a year around your home
Hey everybody, Harper Jones with Bow-Tiger and you are watching Saturdays with Harper.
Now as I was doing my spring cleaning, I'm still kind of in the middle of it, I came across an idea for a subject for the video blog I wanted to share with you guys. And it has nothing to do with cleaning. Don't worry. It's just something that I noticed while I was cleaning, and it was protecting my toddler against electrical shock.
Now I know this isn't the most popular subject or something that you'd really think about on a daily basis, but if you have ever experienced electrical shock, or had somebody in your family that experienced it, you know that it can be extremely detrimental and it can also cause death very, very easily. So this is something that is very, very important and we want to make sure that along with fire safety, water safety, that we also make sure that we understand how to protect our children against electrical shock in the home. So I wanted to go over a few ideas that I had, a few things that I had researched on ways that you can prevent that within the home for your toddler.
Now first of all, sockets these days, the different things that you plug your appliances into, they're basically created so you can't get shocked. The outlets to them are so small, so they basically only allow the appliances to be plugged into them, or your curling iron, or your iron, different things like that. So to think that a toddler is going to be able to get anything in there, including even a fork into one of those, it's not really likely that that's going to happen, but of course we want to make sure that we do still try to protect our children as much as possible, because even though it's not as likely to happen, that doesn't mean that it can't happen.
So the first thing that you want to do is make sure that you use the safety plugs for any of the outlets that you're not using. If there isn't something plugged into the outlet, use those little plastic plugs to push them in there. They're baby proof, toddler proof, and this will make it less enticing for your child even to try to mess with these things. And if they do attempt it, this is sort of a barrier between them and electrical shock. So that's the first thing that you want to do.
Now another thing that you want to do is make sure that... Let's say you're in your bathroom and you're using your curling iron or your straightener, or anything in the bathroom, or you're using an iron out in the living room to iron some clothes. When you're done with the item, you want to unplug it, put a safety back into that plug, and you want to make sure that that hot item is up and away from your child, not somewhere where they can grab the cord and pull it down and get burned by that item itself. I've had the experience of burning myself with a curling iron and I know it hurts really, really bad, so we want to make sure that our toddlers don't experience that.
Now another thing in the bathroom is a lot of the time we mix the curling irons, blow dryers, different things like this along with an area that can be potentially wet, and we know that toddlers like to get into everything. So you don't ever want to leave something like that on, near a sink. Even if the sink is dry and you've made sure it's all dry, you don't want your toddler to kind of climbing into the bathroom afterwards and turning that sink on anywhere near any of those appliances. So make sure to do that as well.