Child Proof Tamper Resistant Outlets

If you have small children in your home, an upgrade that you absolutely must consider is installing child proof outlets!

Children have a knack for finding everything they “don’t need” to get into, don’t they? The small openings in electrical outlets seem like the perfect place for them to stick a pair of their children’s scissors, the end or a fork or spoon or anything else that is metal and flat.

Tamper Resistant Receptacles

How do tamper resistant receptacles work? The text below is taken from the National Fire Protection Association’s Fact Sheet.

“These receptacles have spring-loaded shutters that close off the contact openings, or slots, of the receptacles. When a plug is inserted into the receptacle, both springs are compressed and the shutters then open, allowing for the metal prongs to make contact to create an electrical circuit. Because both springs must be compressed at the same time, the shutters do not open when a child attempts to insert an object into only one contact opening, and there is no contact with electricity”

If you have children or grandchildren, and don’t already have tamper resistant receptacles installed in your home, you should give this serious consideration. If you’re not sure whether you have TR receptacles or would like to get a quote on replacing your existing receptacles, please give Kordsmeier Electric a call and we’ll be happy to help you! 501-329-3673 or use our contact form