Safety for Children: Electricity can often appear like magic to children. By flipping a switch or plugging an electrical cord into an outlet, appliances come alive and lights illuminate rooms.
There are electrical hazards in the home that children need to be aware of – including electrical outlets.
You can help protect children by making sure your outlets are tamper resistant. Tamper-resisistant outlets or tamper-resistant receptacles (TROs or TRRs) have shutters that stay closed unless a plug with two prongs is inserted into the outlet. Both springs on the shutters must be compressed at the same time to allow an object to gain access. If a child attempts to stick an object in the outlet, the shutter prevents the object from entering and no contact with electricity is made.
Since 2008, the National Electrical Code requires all new renovated dwellings to be equipped with TROs. Therefore, if your home was built before 2008, there is a good chance your outlets are not tamper resistant.
TROs are strongly advised for household safety, but there are some other safety alternatives including outlet caps or sliding covers. Outlet cover caps and sliding covers are simple and low-cost alternatives that cover up the outlet, however they are not fail-proof. Outlet caps can be lost and can pose a choking hazard for some children. Many children can also figure out how to remove the caps and sliding covers.
Learn more information at SafeElectricity.org.