What is a child proof outlet?
Childproof outlets, or tamper proof receptacles, have built in, spring loaded covers that protect the electrical contacts. To activate the flow of electricity, push both covers in at the same time with consistent force. This system prevents electrocution when an object is inserted in one of the contact openings.
Tamper resistant outlets have been so successful at preventing injuries that the 2008 National Electrical Code requires them to be installed in all new homes. If you home is older, you can easily meet safety code by adding child proof outlets throughout your home.
Is my child at risk of injury?
This year over 2,400 kids will be injured by placing metal objects into electrical outlets. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that over 95% of these injuries will involve burns. These burns range in severity, but many result in serious, even fatal injuries. It is important to note that pediatric burns are more serious than adult burns because their skin is thin and offers little resistance to electric flow or heat. Alarmingly, 70% of the time adult supervision is present when an injury occurs. Reduce this risk by calling Mr. Electric to install child proof outlets in your home today.
Do all child proof outlets work?
Unfortunately some of the products that claim to protect your children have not only proven to be unreliable, but can become a hazard themselves. The plastic plugs you push into the socket can be removed, and if inserted into the mouth, can become a choking hazard. In addition, some “tamper proof” outlets don’t fully close the openings to the outlet and a child could still push something like a safety pin in the hole and experience an electrical shock. There are even some products that require you to screw the plugs in place. This is not only inconvenient, it presents a fire hazard.
What does a child proof outlet look like?
Watch a virtual demonstration of tamper-resistant outlets from ESFI.
What do children put in electrical outlets?
- Hairpin - 32%
- Keys - 17%
- Finger - 12%
- Pin, wire, screw or nail - 11%
- Plug - 11%
- Unidentified - 8%
- Paper clip or staple - 5%
- Tool (i.e., tweezer, file or knife) - 3%
- Jewelry or belt buckle - 1%