Child-proof outlet installation involves installing tamper-resistant electrical outlets in your home. These outlets have a built-in shutter system that prevents children from inserting foreign objects into the sockets, reducing the risk of electrical shocks and burns. Child-proof outlet covers are designed to be easy for adults to use while making it difficult for young children to access. This safety measure is important, especially for families with young children, as it can help prevent electrical accidents and promote a safer home environment. Our residential electricians know how to baby-proof outlets in use in all rooms of your home to increase your family’s safety.
Tamper-resistant receptacles (TRRs) are electrical outlets designed to reduce the risk of electrical accidents, particularly those involving children. They work by using a shutter system that covers the openings of the outlet when they are not in use. This system prevents foreign objects such as hairpins, keys, and other small items from being inserted into the outlet while still allowing electrical plugs to be inserted. To insert a plug, both prongs must be inserted simultaneously with equal pressure, opening the shutter, and allowing access to the electrical current. TRRs are required by the National Electrical Code to be installed in all new and renovated homes, childcare facilities, and schools. Installing TRRs in your home can help protect your children from electrical accidents and promote a safer living environment.
It is recommended to avoid selecting child-proof outlets that require screwing plugs in place as they can be inconvenient and pose a risk of fire. Moreover, once the child-proof outlet plates are installed, it is advised to refrain from using plastic plugs as they can be a choking hazard to young children.