Morgan has assured me again and again that as long as he doesn't stick something metal into both sides at once he will probably be fine. I've never felt comforted by this. Regardless of his odds of actually being electrocuted, we obviously don't want to encourage him to do this kind of thing. About a year ago we purchased some Safety 1st Secure Press Plug Protectors that seemed like they'd work...
He's 13 months old in the video below:
About two weeks ago we met a child who'd had a fascination with electrical sockets much like Aias, and sadly they had been electrocuted and suffered serious brain damage. This lit a fire under our butts and we headed to Babies R Us to find a more "serious business" remedy for this little obsession.
At first we were going to purchase these Safety 1st Swivel Outlet Covers since we had already been given one and it was relatively easy to install:
After a thorough search, we selected the following outlet covers and I feel like we did a great job.
Safety 1st Outlet Cover and Cord Shortener
These retail for $7.99 a piece at Babies R Us, which I know sounds expensive, but if you live in an apartment you probably don't need that many and you can only put these on completely exposed outlets anyhow (due to the size). These require that you remove the entire old outlet cover, but it's really very easy to do. It took me about 1 minute to install. The best thing about these is that you put the cover on when things are plugged in so your kid can't screw around with the socket at all, nor can they unplug whatever you have plugged in. The only downside is that thicker cords aren't easily accommodated, such as our vacuum cleaner cord. We don't consider this to be much of a turn off since the vacuum cleaner doesn't stay plugged in for any longer than it takes me to vacuum.
Safety 1st Deluxe Press-Fit Outlet Covers
Because the covers above don't fit on the outlets with the Test/Reset buttons, and the original pieces of junk above pop out of these outlets for some reason, we had to buy these ones as well. They are incredibly awesome, as they cost about $5 for 8 of them and they are VERY difficult to get off. In fact, Morgan put these on and I have no idea how to take them off. I tried about 10 minutes ago to take one off so I could plug in the computer, and I couldn't figure it out. I'm locked out of my own outlets, heh. The only down side of these is that you have to take them out and then your kid could unplug whatever you have plugged in.
|Yes, that's a rice cooker. See what we are dealing with here?|
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