Did you know that in a recent study, 100% of 2-4 year olds were able to remove one type of plastic outlet cap within 10 seconds? That’s quite an alarming figure especially when we consider how many outlets the average household has and how curious our little ones tend to be. It’s important to childproof your home, the right way, so we’re going to spell it all out for you below:
What is a Tamper Resistant Receptacle?
It all starts with Tamper Resistant Receptacles. They offer a permanent solution to outlet covers and they work by preventing foreign objects from being inserted into the outlet.
Where Should They Be Used?
- Dining room
- Living room
- Family rooms
- Laundry area
There are only a handful of scenarios where Tamper Resistant Receptacles don’t necessarily need to be used and these include:
- Outlets that are over 5 ½ feet above the floor
- Outlets that are part of a luminaire
- Outlets dedicated to appliance that cannot easily be moved
Kids can easily get their hands on and unplug cords from a power strip. They can also stick things inside the holes like metal objects or small toys and can wind up electrocuting themselves even though power strips are typically considered "safe" electronict devices. We recommend keeping them hidden or at least using a power-strip cover if they must remain exposed.
For more information about Tamper Resistant Receptacles, or to have them installed in your home, call on the experts at GEN3 Electric today!