How do you keep children safe from electrical outlets? Get a cord shortener, cord cover, or both if you cannot place a barrier in front of electrical outlets. A cord shortener allows you to store the excess of a long cord inside a receptacle your child can’t access. This prevents tugging and pulling on the cord. A cord cover often comes combined with an outlet cover.
What are child safety outlets? Childproof outlets and tamper-resistant electrical receptacles are a vital piece of safety equipment, especially in any home, school, or other location in which children are likely to be present. Children can receive a dangerous electrical shock if they tamper with outlets, and tamper-proof outlets deter this.
Are all new outlets child proof? Tamper-resistant outlets reduce the risk of electrical injuries, but they are not completely tamper-proof. Unfortunately, some people believe that tamper-resistant outlets are “child proof” when they are not. Tamper-resistant outlets do not prevent children from imitating adults and inserting plugs into outlets.
Are child proof outlets required? Tamper-Resistant Receptacles (TR): All 15- and 20-ampere receptacles in a home are now required to be tamper-resistant. Tamper-resistant receptacles have built-in shutters that prevent children from inserting foreign objects in the receptacle slots.