Thread: Children & Electrical Outlets
02-12-2010, 04:07 PM #1
Children & Electrical Outlets
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Are You Plugged in to Kids’ Electrical Hazards?
February 9, 2010
Every year across the United States approximately 2,400 children go to hospital emergency wards with injuries associated with plugging foreign objects into electrical receptacles. That works out to seven children each day, with 95 percent of their injuries involving electrical burns.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 70 percent of these potentially fatal inciiedents occur when adults are around. The most common foreign objects inserted into electrical outlets include:
Hairpins (bobby pins), accounting for 32 percent of electrical shocks
Keys (17 percent)
Fingers (12 percent)
Pins, wires, screws or nails (11 percent)
Plugs (11 percent)
Unidentified objects (8 percent)
Paper clips or staples (5 percent)
Tools such as tweezers, files or knives (3 percent)
Jewelry or belt buckles (1 percent)
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) notes that many parents think they can address the electrocution risk by inserting plastic outlet caps into receptacles that fall within their babies' or toddlers' reach. However, an inquisitive baby can soon pry a cap loose and move on to "exploring" the receptacle.
"A safer solution is installing tamper-resistant outlets. These specialized outlets have been so effective in preventing injuries to children that the 2008 National Electrical Code requires that tamper-resistant outlets be installed in all new homes constructed," says ESFI.
These devices are not expensive and can be retrofitted into older homes. They employ a spring-loaded shutter mechanism that only allows electricity to flow when equal pressure is applied simultaneously to both shutters, such as when an electrical plug is inserted. During unused conditions, both shutters are closed and openings are covered.
Even the most careful parent or grandparent cannot watch a child every second. During those seconds when you aren't watching, tamper-resistant outlets can help cover for you.
Read more about tamper-resistant receptacles at http://www.childoutletsafety.org
02-12-2010, 04:16 PM #2
I did that when I was a kid. Stuck my finger in an empty bulb socket...
Never did it again.
02-12-2010, 05:04 PM #3
02-12-2010, 05:23 PM #4
I was at a friends place in FL when i was a wee lad and we were trying to stick paper clips in u know kinda like the game operation only the shock really did hurt think we tried it 5 or 6 time befor giving up...
02-12-2010, 09:15 PM #5
02-13-2010, 06:35 PM #6
I really thought that was just part of growing up. my dad, a retired electrician, let me learn the hard way, it only took one time. I think i used a key and that was before they invented those safety covers, GPF plugs, grounds at the plug, and polarized outlets.
02-13-2010, 11:37 PM #7
I can remember as a kid in school studying electromagnets. I figured if that battery made a magnet then using the wall plug would make a really good oneThankfully I didnt have ahold of it when I plugged it in
02-14-2010, 03:25 AM #8
sounds like most people have at some point tried putting something metal into a socket were a smart group EH!!!
02-14-2010, 03:18 PM #9
It has gotten so bad and the folks are trying to protect everyone. The NEC code in 08 says you now have to have Tamper proof rec. They will only open if both entry points are contacted at the same time. Most inspectors still are not enforcing but will soon.
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