Let's face it — kids tend to be drawn to electrical wires and cables. They look at them in awe and wonder just before reaching to grab them for playing or eating. If you have toddlers roaming the floors of your home, then it's time to do a reassessment of your cables and wires. It's too risky to leave inviting cables within the reach of your small children.
Below are some pointers for protecting cables from toddlers — and toddlers from cables — to make each room childsafe and kid-friendly.
AVOID BRIGHT-COLORED CABLES
In the workplace or public areas, cables and wires are often labeled by their brightness to warn of danger. Unfortunately, bright-colored cables attract the eyes of little ones when used in the home. Children will see them and assume the cables are toys.
There are cord protectors that come in a variety of colors so you can blend the protector with your décor colors. For instance, the Flexiduct Cord Protector comes in several neutral colors that can be blended with brown or beige, black, yellow or white. These are also plain in design, so they don't attract attention.
KEEP CABLES NEATLY TIED IN HIGH PLACES
Protecting cables from little kids is easy if you keep all your wires up high. Toddlers, babies and small children won't be able to reach them. If you prefer to tie your cables, use sturdy cable clamps, twist locks, and hooks to keep the cables neatly in place. Products such as the Cable Clamp® help you bundle several cables into one neat arrangement for easy organization. Then you can hide away the cables using Cable P-Clamps for bundling and mounting.
PROTECTING CABLES FROM TRIPPING
As kids run and play, they usually pay no attention to cables and wires on the floor. To prevent tripping, secure your cables with cable covers that remain stationary on the floor and endure child's play. If your wires run across loop or Berber carpet, the SafCord® Cord Cover might be your best solution. It provides protection for your cables without harming your carpet and can even be used on stairs. You can run cables down the side wall or secure them on individual stairs without them becoming tangled or a tripping hazard.
Protecting cables from toddlers doesn't have to be complicated if you have the right tools. Use the tips above to childproof your electric wires and cables; and keep your children safe in every room of your home.
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