Children and electricity don’t make a good combination. A small child’s inherent curiosity and exploration can result in electrical shocks and burns. Each year, approximately 2,400 children suffer severe shock and burns when they stick items into the slots of electrical receptacles.
The 2008 National Electric Code (NEC) stipulates that new and renovated dwellings should have tamper resistant outlets (also called tamper resistant receptacles, TROs and child safety outlets).
In years past, receptacle caps were used to protect outlets. These caps were proven insufficient in protecting curious and determined children who can easily remove them. In addition, the removed caps or covers became a choking hazard. A tamper resistant outlet looks and functions like a regular outlet with an added safety feature that helps protect small children from electrical shocks and burns. The new outlets have spring loaded shutters that close the contact opening when not in use. Because both springs must be compressed at the same time in order for the outlet to be used, the shutters will not open, preventing a child’s intent to insert a foreign object into an opening.
An Electrical Experts’ technician can replace your existing outlets with modern, tamper-resistant electrical outlets. Contact Electrical Experts Today!