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How P&S Tamper-Resistant Receptacles keep children safe

Our patented sliding-shutter system prevents kids from inserting hairpins, keys, paperclips and other common household objects.  Seeking greater safety for their young children, parents have tried plastic outlet caps and sliding-shutter wall plates. However, kids quickly learn to remove the plastic caps. A study found 100 percent of 2- and 4-year olds were able to remove one brand of outlet caps, often in less than 10 seconds (Temple University study). And shuttered wall plates are no longer UL-listed due to heat-related safety concerns.

To understand how tamper-resistant receptacles work, watch our animation above.

Solving plug insertion problems*

- A bent plug blade can block insertion; just as with plug-insertion in standard receptacles. The solution’s the same, too: straightening the blade.

- Sharp edges or burrs on new plug blades may catch on shutters, preventing them from opening. Using a small file or sandpaper solves the problem.

*Note: Severely damaged plugs should be replaced by a qualified individual.

tamper-resistant receptacles
tamper-resistant receptacles
tamper-resistant receptacles

In the closed position, thermoplastic shutters cover access to electrical contacts.

Insertion of an object in any one side will not cause the shutters to open.

A two-bladed or grounding plug compresses the spring and simultaneously opens both shutters.