Every year, over 2,400 children are affected by electrical shocks and burns as a result of tampering with electrical outlets. This number only represents children that are taken to emergency rooms for proper treatment. These injuries are serious, and can be prevented by installing child-proof outlets, which are a simple, permanent and inexpensive solution.
What Are Child Proof Outlets?
Child-proof electrical outlets resemble standard wall outlets, but they are different in a number of ways. These specialised outlets feature electrical sockets that are spring-loaded and whose cover plates protect the electrical contact points. In this way, these outlets prevent children from inserting foreign objects, when unequal pressure is applied to the socket points.
How To Operate A Child Proof Outlet
Experienced adults who know how to operate a plug point properly will find using a child-proof outlet very simple; Unlike most child-proof devices, these outlets require no strength or special knowledge to operate. To insert a plug into the socket, simply apply equal amounts of pressure to both sides of the plug at the same time. This equal pressure allows the cover plates protecting the contact points to open simultaneously.
What Do Children Put In Electrical Outlets
Children insert a range of household items into electrical outlets, including:
- Staples, paper clips and hairpins
- Knives – and more…
Update Your Home To Include Child Proof Outlets
Costing you very little for each outlet, child-proof outlets transform your entire home into a safer environment for children, giving you wonderful peace of mind. Failure to child-proof electrical outlets places children in your home at risk of serious electrical burns, injury and even death.
Products To Avoid
When shopping for child-proof outlets to install in your home or business, avoid those that require being screwed into place. These small metal screws represent a fire hazard and are inconvenient as well. You should also avoid using plastic plugs with child-proof outlets (once installed), because these are a choking hazard for small children.
Contact us to arrange a qualified, experienced Sunburst electrician to install child-proof outlets in your home or business. Proper installation by a licensed, trained professional is safer, and all work is carried out by technicians who have your safety in mind.