Crawl around your house for a child's-eye view of potential hazards.
Place safety covers on all unused outlets.
Replace -- never tape -- cracked or frayed cords.
Install ground-fault circuit interrupters -- designed to switch off power if they detect changes in electrical current -- on any outlet that could be exposed to water, such as in the bathroom or kitchen.
Place furniture in front of outlets to keep them out of your child's sight.
Use cord covers to tuck loose electrical cords against a baseboard so children can't pull, chew, or trip on them.
Know where your home's fuse boxes and circuit breakers are and how to turn them off in an emergency.
Use extension cords as permanent substitutes for too few outlets.
Overload an extension cord with more appliances than it is designed to accommodate.
Keep appliances close to the sink or tub, where they could accidentally fall into the water.
Run electrical cords under rugs. Walking over cords could fray or damage them.
Allow electrical cords to hang off countertops, where a child might pull them.