Child Proof Outlets
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that 2,400 children per year are treated in emergency rooms for shocks and electrical burns related to electrical outlets. 89% are less than 6 years old. Fortunately, there is a simple way to avoid this happening to your child, thanks to child proof power outlets.
Child Proof Outlets – What Are They?
A child proof power outlet looks identical to a standard household power outlet and can be used just as easily. The outlet is slightly modified with spring loaded receptacle cover plates to make it virtually impossible to insert an object into a single receptacle. The spring loaded plate only allows an object to be inserted if equal pressure is applied to both of the outlet’s receptacles. These handy devices, also referred to as Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRR) are a permanent and cost effective way to ensure the safety of your children.
How To Use
Since 2008, the National Electric Code has required all new homes to be outfitted with child proof power outlets. This is mainly due to the fact that they are the easiest way to maintain a safe environment for young children at home without causing any inconvenience to the rest of the household. For anyone who knows how to properly operate a power outlet, the tamper resistant receptacle will cause no difficulty whatsoever. To insert a plug into the power outlet, you must simply apply equal pressure to both sides simultaneously as you normally would with any other standard receptacle. This allows the tamper proof cover plate to open and for you to safely connect power to your device.
Never seen a child proof outlet? Take a look at this quick video demonstration.
Upgrade to Child Proof Outlets
If you would like to upgrade the level of safety in your home, Vancouver’s electrical experts at Highmark Electric will be happy to help. Child proof outlets cost only a fraction more than standard power outlets, and can be installed in virtually no time at all. Our certified staff of skilled electricians will make sure your family is safe in your home by installing child proof outlets quickly and properly. To find out more about this and our other quality electrical services, feel free to check out our website or contact us to book a consultation.
Dangers Of Not Having Tamper Resistant Receptacles
- Electrical Shocks – 7 children per day are injured by sticking objects into electrical outlets
- Electrical Burns – Electrical burns are a result of 95% of electrical accidents.
- Serious Injury or Fatality – Depending on the voltage, the injuries could include respiratory issues, cardiac issues or even death.
The child proof outlet will prevent children from inserting a wide array of small household objects into your power outlets. Some examples of these include:
Paper Clips & staples
About one third of household accidents involving children are caused when a child inserts one of these objects or something similar into a standard power socket. 70% of those accidents occur while adults are present, making a child proof outlet the very best way to safeguard your child from electrical shocks, burns and potentially fatal injuries at all times.