Why Are Tamper-Resistant Receptacles Important?

Did you know that tamper-resistant electrical receptacles have been required by the National Electrical Code since 2008? Even though the kids are back in school, they’re not the only ones who should be doing their homework. It’s time to learn how to properly childproof your home and make it a much safer environment for the whole family.

Where Should Tamper Resistant Receptacles Be Installed?

Believe it or not, all 15A – 20A and 125v and 150v outlets in the house must be tamper resistant according to today’s electrical code standards. This includes areas of the house such as the laundry room, bathrooms, family rooms, hallways, living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, the kitchen, outdoor areas, and even the garage.

The only exceptions to the rule include outlets located more than 5 ½ feet above the floor, outlets that are part of a luminaire and dedicated appliance outlets that cannot easily be relocated.

In addition to residential applications, tamper resistant receptacles must also be installed in childcare facilities, preschools and elementary schools, gyms, skating rinks, auditoriums and all places of waiting, and hotel and motel guest rooms as of 2017. In simpler terms, TRRs should be installed just about everywhere a child might frequent. 

Tamper Resistant Receptacle Benefits

  • Offers a permanent solution to outlet coffers that are often easily removed by children.
  • They come equipped with built-in shutters that prevent foreign objects from being inserted into the outlet. 
  • They only cost about $0.50 more than the cost of an unprotected outlet.

Philadelphia Electrical Installations

We have been servicing the electrical needs of the Philadelphia metro area and surrounding suburbs for two decades. Our highly skilled electricians are trained to provide any electrical updates your home may need. Give the experts at GEN3 Electric & HVAC a call today at 215-512-4102.