Child Proof Outlets
Every year, over 2,400 children are taken to the emergency room for treatment related to electric shocks after tampering with electrical outlets. These accidents can easily be avoided through the installation of affordable child proof outlets, which provide a permanent solution.
What is a child proof outlet?
A child proof outlet looks like the standard outlet but they will have spring-loaded receptacle cover plates which are installed to cover the electrical contacts. These plates prevent any insertion when there is unequal pressure applied on the receptacles and this is what prevents children from inserting objects into the outlet.
Child Proof Outlet Operation
Operating a child proof outlet for adults is an easy task. These outlets will not need the skills and the strength used in operating most devices that are child proof. Insertion of a plug only requires equal pressure on the receptacle plates.
What Children Put in The Outlets
About 30% percent of the accidents involving children and electrical outlets involve the insertion of common household objects and 70 percent of these will happen with adults present. The most common items that are inserted into the electrical outlets include keys, hairpins, jewelry, nail files, knives, belt buckles, staples, paperclips, different tools and many others.
Upgrade your Home with Child Proof Outlets
Child outlets will only cost slightly more than the standard outlets and this will upgrade your home to a child proof level where your kids and family will be safer from electric shock related accidents. These outlets have proved to be highly effective such that the National Electrical code requires that all new homes be installed with these outlets since 2008. Child proof electrical outlets will reduce the risk of:
Electric shocks – 2400 kids per year, 7 kids per day are injured by electricity after inserting objects into the outlets.
Electric burns – About 95% of the injuries caused by electrical accidents are burns. Though the burns will vary in severity, children’s skins are thin and cannot resist heat or electric flow as compared to adults. This makes the burns, no matter how small, very serious injuries for children.
Fatal Injuries – It is important to reduce the risk of electric shocks in your home by installing child proof electrical outlets and you can start by calling Fail Safe Electric.
Products You Should Not Buy
When you are shopping for child proof outlets there are some products that you should keep away from. Stay away from products that require screwing of plugs because they will be an inconvenience and will increase fire risks. You also need to keep off low quality products because they will not last long and might malfunction.
To make sure that your home gets child proof electrical outlets installed safely, you need to contact a licensed electrician or electrical professional at Fail Safe Electric as we have your safety in mind and will ensure that you get the best products that will serve you long and keep your children and your family as a whole safe from electricity related accidents.