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If you have little ones in your house, your home office may pose hazards. Taking a few simple precautions can help prevent accidents and keep kids safe.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says children under 12 are most at risk of being injured by paper shredders because their fingers are small enough to get caught in the paper feed openings. A household shredder has razor sharp cutters that can hurt small hands. Be sure any home office shredder comes with essential safety features like SafeSense and Safety Lock. SafeSense stops the shredder automatically when hands touch the paper opening. Paper shredders with Safety Lock disables the shredder when not in use.
While many people are diligent about securing outlets throughout the house with safety covers, home office electrical setups are often neglected. Power strips and electrical extensions laying on the floor give small children easy access and can present a shock hazard.
Try concealing your power strip behind workstations and file cabinets to minimize access or use childproof power strip covers that encase the entire power strip and protect it from curious kids.
It only takes a second for a child to place his or her hand on a hot laminator. In fact, one of the leading causes of injury among kids is burns from hot appliances in the home. Be sure to use a laminator with HeatGuard, which remains cool to the touch even when heated.
Every day office accessories such as scissors, push pins and staples can become a hazard in the hands of a small child. Even paper clips can be a choking hazard for young children. Make sure any office products you use regularly are concealed in a desk drawer or a closet shelf.
By using these simple tips to maintain a safe home office you can work with peace of mind at home and even let the kids visit you while you work without worry.
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