With a baby or a toddler in tow, you expect some accidents around the home from spills and breakages to slips, trips and falls. Although everything and anything can be a hazard, so far as children are concerned, safeguarding your youngsters against electricity and ensuring your plugs are made safe, is definitely a priority.
We take a closer look at how to make sure your plugs are made safe, and the risks they pose to your children.
How to make sure your plugs are made safe
Before your child comes into your home, and definitely before they start to move independently, you need to make sure plugs are made safe.
Young children like to copy what adults do, and explore the world around them with their hands and mouths. With this in mind, it really isn’t that surprising that a plug socket, which is at eye level for a youngster, is of the utmost interest to them.
You can prevent children from putting their fingers into plug sockets by purchasing and installing socket covers. These can be purchased from most home, DIY and babycare retailers.
The Electrical Safety First organisation also advise that you have an RCD, or residual current device, fitted into your home either in the fusebox or as a plug-in.
This life-saving device recognises when electricity flows through an unintended path, such as if a child touches a live electrical output. The RCD responds by quickly shutting off the circuit, saving lives and children from severe electrical injuries.
Claiming compensation for electrical injuries
If you, or your young one have sustained electrical injuries and you believe a third party is to blame, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
When you hire an electrician, they have a legal responsibility to ensure your health and safety in their practice. In the case that they cause your family accidents in the home, leading to electric-related injuries, they may have failed in their legal obligation, and can therefore be held liable.
Whether your child fell over their electrical wiring, or suffered a severe electrical injury, Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim the compensation your child is entitled to.
For more information on accidents involving falls, electrical incidents or any other household issues, speak with one of our friendly advisors today. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience.
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Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice