When our baby is born in April, s/he will be in our old office which has 2 coaxial connections (cable tv/internet) on the walls. Do these need to be baby-proofed? If so, how?

asked 29 Oct '09, 12:48

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Is the connection a wire coming out of the wall, or just the female connector already on a faceplate?

(29 Oct '09, 16:44) Scott ♦♦

Just faceplates

(29 Oct '09, 17:28) Dinah

The cable guy came by yesterday to move our cable into our new office so the coming baby will be set in our current office. I asked him this question and he said there's barely any voltage at all that comes though even if a baby was able to thread something into that teeny tiny hole.

This was a professional but it was also a skilled tradesman, not a doctor or scientist. So I'm not claiming this is the last word but it does seem like a credible source.

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answered 30 Oct '09, 14:40

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This agrees with my knowledge as well, but I was having a really hard time finding a reference to back myself up (and I have a degree in computer/electrical engineering). I certainly wasn't going to post a statement without a reference! :-) Thanks very much for posting this info.

(31 Oct '09, 03:40) Scott ♦♦

We asked our local electrician what we could do with the open sockets and coaxial connection points that we didn't plan on using around the apartment and he suggested covering them with dummy coverplates from the same range. This was a great and cheap solution for us because we live in a rented apartment. We only had sockets in her bedroom, we used one and had put furniture infront of the other ones so there were no need to childproof them. When we moved we just asked him to remove the covers and so luckily for us it was pretty straight forward.

I would suggest that you speak with a local electrician about some dummy socket covers!

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This is exactly what we did in my son's room. You can simple buy a blank outlet cover with screws in all the same places, just with no hole for the coaxial cable. You just push the cable back into the wall a bit, and put the cover on.

(29 Oct '09, 14:36) Brandon
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For the coaxial outlets you do not need to worry about "voltage". You can save money on the electrician and just buy the faceplates from Home Depot, Rona, Lowe's, Walmart, whoever, and install them yourself. They are cheap. For electrical outlets, if you are not familiar with the operation of your fuse panel you should consult an electrician for his/her services.

(29 Oct '09, 20:40) Jeff

Unscrew the plate with the cable conection, gently push it into the wall (it will fit necely in its side) and replace it with a plain dummy cover. When/if you want to use it again just pull it back out - its really simple.

I would do this with the cable outlets regardless as kids do strange things to objects - they are very experimental - no sense in risking damage to the outlet or the child for a 69 cent fix.

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What about if you actually have cable wire coming from the coaxial jack. It needs to be there to furnish cable to another room. There is no lag as it is tucked into the baseboards. Just wondering about what's coming from the wall as the way the room is designed only his crib with open slats works against that wall. Thanks.

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(03 Aug '10, 00:42) Tammy ♦♦
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This would be better posted as a new question, but... your local home improvement store should have hammer-in staples that could be used to secure the coax to the floor so it can't be pulled away from the wall. You can also pull the baseboard off and put the wire in behind.

(05 Aug '10, 01:35) Scott ♦♦
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