Each day, nearly 7 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for electrical shock or burn injuries caused by tampering with a wall outlet.* Since many outlets are low to the floor you can see how attractive they are to curious children – hence the importance of having Tamper-Resistant outlets throughout your home. Tamper-Resistant Outlets have a shutter mechanism inside that prevents most foreign objects such as paper clips, hair pins, pens and many other random objects your child may come upon, from being inserted. This helps protect against electrical shock and that’s an important job because let’s face it, you can’t have two eyes on your children every second of every day. As a matter of fact, tamper-resistant outlets are mandated in all new residential housing and have been required in hospital pediatric wards for over 20 years.
Tamper-Resistant outlets aren’t just for children. Adults can benefit from the added safety features as well; particularly the elderly members of your household whose dexterity may not be sharp as in younger years. And don’t forget your pets. Cats and dogs often find outlets an interesting place to rub noses and paws. For just pennies above the cost of non-tamper outlets, tamper-resistant outlets are a sensible investment to upgrade the safety of your home.
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* Source – Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)