Do you have young kids or grandkids? If so, do you ever worry they might push a metal object (bobby pin, safety pin, screwdriver, etc) into a receptacle when you are not watching? Tamper-resistant receptacles are a device that will make it very difficult to push anything into an outlet without pushing into both sides at the same time as would be the case with any 2-prong or 3- prong cord cap. Code requires the installation of this type of outlet on all new installations now but they can be used to replace old outlets to add safety in existing homes.
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), each year approximately 2,400 children suffer severe shock and burns when they stick items into the slots of electrical receptacles – that is nearly 7 children a day. It is estimated that there are 6 to 12 fatalities a year related to this. Nearly one-third of these injuries are the result of small children placing ordinary household objects, such as keys, pins, or paperclips into the outlets with disastrous outcomes.
Located in practically every room in every house throughout the United States, electrical outlets and receptacles represent a constant and real danger wherever young children are found.
Tamper resistant receptacles, or TRRs, provide a simple, affordable, reliable, and permanent solution to help prevent these kinds of injuries.