Child Proof Outlets

Child Proof Outlets

More than 2,450 children are treated in emergency rooms due to electrical shocks and burns every year as a result of tampering with electrical outlets. Hiring a licensed electrical contractor to Install child proof outlets provides an inexpensive, simple, and permanent solution for these accidents.

What are child proof outlets?

Child proof outlets look the same as standard wall outlets but are not. They are spring-loaded receptacle cover plates that protect electrical contacts, preventing the insertion of objects when unequal pressure is applied to the receptacle.

How to Operate a Child Proof Outlet

To insert a plug into the outlet, simply apply equal pressure to both sides simultaneously (as you would normally do) which allows the receptacle’s cover plate to open.

What do children put in electrical outlets?

Most common household items like the ones listed below are what cause a lot of accidents with children. 70% of them occur when adult supervision is present. With child proof outlets, the following items will not be a problem anymore:

  • Hairpins
  • Keys
  • Plugs
  • Paper clips and staples
  • Tools
  • Jewelry
  • Belt buckles
  • Nail files
  • Knives
  • And more

Update Your Home to Include Child Proof Outlets

These outlets are very inexpensive to have installed, in fact just a few cents more than traditional ones, and you’ll never be able to tell the difference to look at them. These child proof outlets are so effective that the national electrical code has adopted them as the norm in today’s construction projects. Without child proof outlets, your child may be at risk of the following dangers:

Electrical Shocks

Seven children per day, 2,450 children per year, will be injured by placing objects into electrical outlets.

Electrical Burns

Most all injuries resulting from an outlet will result in some severity of a burn to your child.

Products to Avoid

Many outlets that you can purchase from local hardware stores, do not meet the required safety standards. Also, improper installation could result in an even more dangerous situation. Contact Aspire Heating, Cooling & Electrical to help you with all your electrical needs!