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Childproof Outlets

What are childproof outlets?

Even though childproof outlets look and appear to be the same as normal electrical outlets, they are definitely not.

Childproof outlets, also called tamper resistant receptacles (TRR), have spring-loaded receptacle cover plates that protect electrical contacts. This prevents the insertion of objects when uneven pressure is applied to the receptacle’s contact points.

To properly use a childproof outlet, simply insert a plug into the receptacle with even pressure on both sides.

What kind of objects do children insert into outlets?

Almost a third of accidents happen when a child inserts common household items into outlets, of which 70 percent happen when an adult is present.

We all know that children will grab almost anything they find without thought of consequence. Here are a few examples of household items that children insert into outlets:

  • Hairpins
  • Keys
  • Plugs
  • Paper clips and staples
  • Tools
  • Jewelry
  • Belt buckles
  • Nail files
  • Knives
  • And literally anything else with a tip
childproof outlets

Almost a third of accidents happen when a child inserts common household items into outlets, of which 70 percent happen when an adult is present.

We all know that children will grab almost anything they find without thought of consequence. Here are a few examples of household items that children insert into outlets:

  • Hairpins
  • Keys
  • Plugs
  • Paper clips and staples
  • Tools
  • Jewelry
  • Belt buckles
  • Nail files
  • Knives
  • And literally anything else with a tip

Why should you consider childproof outlets?

Every year, hundreds if not thousands of children are taken to the hospital after inserting something into an electrical outlet.

If you have young children, or are expecting, you should seriously consider installing childproof outlets, not only for the obvious safety factor, but also for your peace of mind.

But what if you don’t have children? Even if you live in a home without children, you still may have children of friends or relatives visiting. For the cost of installation, and the peace of mind it brings, you might want to consider installing childproof outlets.

Keep in mind that childproof outlets are not the ones that have the plastic inserts with the prongs. These are, in fact, actually more dangerous to a child as they present a choking hazard as well.

As well, try to avoid the childproof outlets that require you to screw the plugs in place. The present a fire hazard and are inconvenient as well.

To ensure proper installation and safety, contact a licensed Winnipeg electrician. Here at John Doerksen Electrical, we are qualified, experienced, insured and licensed.