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How To Baby-Proof Your Electrical Outlets And Wires

The home is full of risks and hazards for a curious baby, but there are simple steps to take to reduce them. Extra care should be taken with the electrical system because it has the power to severely injure a full-grown adult. Try these tips around your house to make sure your bundle of joy stays safe.

Start by putting on outlet covers. These small, inexpensive plastic devices keep tiny fingers and toys out of the sockets. They’re strong enough to withstand a toddler’s attempt to remove them, but come out easily when an adult needs to plug something in. Sliding switch plates also work to cover outlets when not in use. Invest in outlet locks as well to make sure plugs stay in when tugged on by curious explorers.

Move those electrical cords as well so crawling family members can’t wrap themselves up or chew on them when teething starts. It’s also best to use simple latches and locks to keep babies out of risky rooms like the bathroom and kitchen, where it’s too easy for an electrical device to get knocked into water.

If you need more tips for protecting your family in Conejo Valley, pick up the phone and contact Fornoff Electric.

Reduce Electricity Consumption

Modern life is packed with conveniences that require a steady supply of electricity.  As comfort seekers, Americans demand optimal levels of light, heat, cooling and entertainment.  Once the electric bill arrives, pain in the household budget requires significant adjustments to daily habits to realize savings.

  • Update appliances – HVAC equipment has been upgraded with each new model since furnaces and air conditioners were invented.  Older appliances that are responsible for heating and cooling the living space will consume much more electricity.  Refrigerators and freezers use less energy than ever before.  The homeowner is wise to maintain full food storage areas to enhance efficiency.
  • Look for hidden consumers – Computers, stereo equipment and LED televisions will draw power whenever the plug is in the outlet.  Surge protectors should be turned off when these power consumers are not in use.  Unplug all appliances when not in use.
  • Insulate against the elements – Heat and cold outside should be prevented from entering the house around pipes, windows and doors.  Efforts to caulk and insulate can improve living comfort while reducing the amount of electricity required to maintain a consistent indoor temperature.

For more ideas about reducing electricity consumption in Conejo Valley, Westlake Village, or Thousand Oaks, contact Fornoff Electric, today!

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