May is National Electrical Safety Month

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Electricity is essential to daily life. We use it all the time, everywhere. It powers the machines and technology used to keep our homes, businesses, schools and hospitals safe, comfortable and convenient. While electricity is commonplace in our lives, it is important to always use it safely. May is National Electrical Safety Month, and a great time to raise awareness on how to avoid potential electrical hazards.

Baby Proofing Your Electrical Outlets

When it comes to baby proofing a home, most parents already know the importance of outlet protectors to keep curious little fingers out of electrical receptacles. But what you may not know is that plastic outlet caps will only go so far in protecting your little one. A Temple University study found that 100 percent of children ages 2 to 4 were able to remove the plastic caps in under 10 seconds.

This is where tamper resistant receptacles (TRRs) come into play. TRRs look like ordinary outlets, but are designed with spring-loaded shutters that close off the outlet openings when not in use. For tiny tots interested in finding out what happens when you stick a fork into one of those mysterious holes in the wall, the shutter will keep the fork from being fully inserted into the receptacle, thus keeping your child safe from a potentially fatal electrical shock. The shutters will reopen only when both springs are compressed at the same, as they would be when a plug is inserted.

Each year approximately 2,400 children suffer severe shock and burns from sticking ordinary household objects, such as keys, pins, or paperclips into an electrical outlet, the Electrical Safety Foundation International reports.

Find out more about how to keep your children safe with tamper resistant receptacles by contacting a qualified electrician or visiting the Electrical Safety Foundation International’s website.

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