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.