Electricity is a wonderful, modern convenience that we enjoy every day. However, it can also be dangerous, and thinking about electrical safety is something we probably don’t do every day. Did you know that more than 2,400 children are treated in emergency rooms due to electrical shocks and burns every year as a result of tampering with electrical outlets? Installing child proof outlets, also called tamper resistant receptacles (TRR), provides an inexpensive, simple, and permanent solution for these accidents. With a little planning and care, accidents like these can be avoided.
Though child proof outlets appear identical to standard wall outlets, they are anything but. Spring-loaded receptacle cover plates protect electrical contacts, preventing the insertion of objects when unequal pressure is applied to the receptacle’s contact points.
For adults who know how to properly operate a plug, using a childproof outlet is simple. These outlets do not require the strength or knowledge required to operate most other child proof devices. In order to insert a plug into the receptacle, simply apply equal pressure to both sides simultaneously (as you would normally do) which allows the receptacle’s cover plate to open.
Nearly one-third of accidents occur when a child inserts common household items into receptacles, 70 percent of them occurring when adults are present. Items that children insert into outlets can be found anywhere, and include hairpins, keys, paper clips and staples, tools, jewelry, nail files, forks, knives, and more.
For just a few dollars per outlet, pennies more than traditional receptacles, you can bring your home up to code and make it safer for your family by having child proof outlets installed. In fact, tamper proof receptacles have proven so effective that as of 2008 the National Electrical Code has required the installation of them in all new homes.ee
When selecting child proof outlets for your home, avoid those that require you to screw plugs in place, as they are not only inconvenient, but present a fire hazard. In addition, once outlets are installed, avoid the use of plastic plugs – your outlets are now tamper proof, and these items present a choking hazard to small children.
To ensure safety through the proper installation of child proof receptacles in your home, contact the licensed, qualified professionals at Cathey Electric. Our technicians have the best interests of you and your family at heart. Give us a call today!