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Child Proof Outlet Installation in Allegan, MI

Helping Boost the Safety of Your Home 

Thousands of children receive treatment for electrical shocks and burns yearly after tampering with home electrical outlets. Mr. Electric of Allegan, Ottawa & Van Buren helps children stay safe with child-proof outlet installation services in Allegan, MI. We offer a simple and reliable way to help prevent household accidents from your outlets. Our team can help you choose the best locations for child-proof outlets throughout your home. Let us help your children stay safe. Contact us today to learn more about our child-proof electrical outlets.

Child Proof Outlet Installation in Allegan, MI

Helping Boost the Safety of Your Home 

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  • Childproof outlets, also known as tamper-resistant receptacles (TRRs), are safety devices designed to prevent anyone from inserting foreign objects into electrical outlets. They feature built-in shutter mechanisms that only open when equal pressure is applied simultaneously to both slots, such as when an electrical plug is inserted. This mechanism significantly reduces the risk of electrical shocks and burns. TRRs look much like standard outlets, but their internal structure provides an extra layer of protection, especially beneficial in households with curious children.

  • The process of plugging into a child-proof outlet involves the careful alignment of the plug prongs with the outlet slots. The pressure applied must be equal on both prongs simultaneously to allow the safety shutters within the outlet to open. Once the prongs are properly aligned and equal pressure is applied, the plug can be inserted smoothly into the outlet. Removal of the plug happens in the usual manner. It is important to note that the use of excessive force is not required and could potentially damage the outlet or plug.

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Common Items Pushed Into Electrical Outlets

Children often don’t understand the dangers of electricity. We hear hundreds of stories of young children jamming objects into electrical outlets and getting shocked. Almost one-third of electrical outlets happen when children try to insert objects into electrical outlets. Some of the most common

objects children push into electrical outlets include the following:

  • Jewelry
  • Toys
  • Tools 
  • Knives
  • Belt Buckles
  • Hairpins 
  • Plugs 
  • Keys
  • Jewelry 
  • Paperclips and staples 
  • Nail files 

Risks of Traditional Outlets Around Children

The cost of installing child-proof outlets in your home is only a few dollars for each outlet. You can have peace of mind knowing your child is safe around the outlets in your home. The National Electrical Code now requires the installation of child proof outlets in newly constructed homes. Without tamper-proof outlets, your children are at risk of the following:

Electrical Shock

On average, seven children are injured daily by electrical shock when they insert a foreign item into an electrical outlet.

Electrical Burn

About 95 percent of electrical injury outlets produce electrical burns that range in severity.

Severe & Fatal Injury

Some electrical injuries are severe or fatal for anyone who places foreign objects in outlets.

  • Our service professionals can guide you on the ways to choose the best child-proof outlets for your home. One crucial factor to consider is avoiding products that require you to screw plugs in place. While they may seem convenient, these outlets can pose a fire hazard if not installed correctly. After installing childproof outlets, measures need to be taken to ensure maximum safety. One of these measures is avoiding the use of plastic bags near outlets. These bags can be a choking hazard to small children, and with childproof receptacles in place, they are no longer necessary.

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