Get ready for baby!You've spent months preparing for the arrival of your pride and joy. You have the car seat installed, the crib set up and you're pretty sure you've covered all the advice you're read in countless parenting books and blogs. You. are. READY. Well, as ready as you're ever going to be!
Many new parents choose to wait until their new arrival is closer to crawling to begin the child-proofing process. We urge you NOT to wait. Once a new baby enters the home, your routines are off, sleep is rare, and things keep piling up on the to-do list. The days begin to blend together and before you know it, your baby is walking and exploring! Please do as much baby proofing as you can BEFORE baby arrives. We recommend installing Tamper Resistant Receptacles in your home. They are also known as TRRs.
What are Tamper Resistant Receptacles?These receptacles look like normal outlets. The major difference is that TRRs have a built-in shutter system that prevents foreign objects from being inserted. As babies turn into youngsters, their curiosity is at an all-time high. Since they are mostly non-verbal, the only way they 'know' how to learn is by DOING. This includes putting things where they shouldn't, including electrical outlets. For about an additional 50 cents to $2, Tamper Resistant Receptacles can save your child's life. They are not a special order item. They can easily be found at any local supply store.
TRRs have been proven so effective at electrocution prevention, that the National Electric Code now REQUIRES them to be installed in all new home construction.
TRRs statisticsThe Electrical Safety Foundation International is a wonderful resource to learn more about electrical safety for your home. They've provided the following statistics that explain the importance of including these receptacles in your baby-proofing plans:
- Each year 2,400 children suffer severe shock and burns resulting from inserting objects into the slots of electrical receptacles. That’s nearly seven children a day.
- It is estimated that 6-12 child fatalities result from children tampering with electrical receptacles.
- Installing a TRR in a newly constructed home is only about 50 cents more than a traditional receptacle.
- Existing homes can be retrofitted with TRRs for as little as $2.00 per outlet.
We can helpWe can help you with the arrival of your little new one. Please call 860-228-1036 and one of our electrical professionals will make sure every outlet is replaced with Tamper Resistant Receptacles. Safety is our top concern so you will have the peace of mind that your family is safe. It will also be one more thing off your to do list...so you can use that time to catch up on sleep!!