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There’s nothing quite like having your own children. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions, from excitement, nervousness, to sheer terror; terror because you realize just how fragile children are, and how their natural curiosity is the very thing that puts them in danger. Case in point: your home’s electrical appliances and other items running on electricity. Your home’s lighting should be a particular concern, especially for toddlers that tend to put their fingers on pretty much everything, which include sockets, light bulbs, and more. Here are some tips for childproofing your lighting. 

Get Light Bulbs with No Harmful Chemicals/Substances Most people don’t know what some light bulbs use harmful chemicals. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) for instance, use mercury, an essential component in the process of fluorescence. When a CFL lamp breaks, small traces of mercury vapour are released into the air, posing a significant danger to small children and pets. Your best bet to eliminate this problem? Use safer alternatives to LED light bulbs

Choose "Cool" Bulbs The classic incandescent bulb produces light by literally burning a small metal wire inside the glass bulb. The more light produced, the hotter the wire, and the surrounding bulb gets. It can get so hot that it can easily cause firs- degree burns on adults and fatal burns on kids. There are, however, some light bulb types that generate very little heat, like LED light bulbs, which stay cool to the touch even after being in use for several hours. 

Keep Light Fixture Out of Reach Until your children are old enough to know better, it’s a good idea to keep fixtures like floor and table lamps, out of their reach. If they really want to play with lights and figure out how they work, you can give them a heavy-duty LED flashlight that’s difficult to pry open or break. For more tips on keeping safe with your lighting, contact the LiquidLEDs support team. You can also check this link for more lighting safety tips.

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