When it comes to the safety and well being of our children, the need for electrical safety is of utmost concern.
According to the ESFI: Each year, approximately 2,400 children suffer severe shock and burns when they stick items into the slots of electrical receptacles - that is nearly seven children a day. It is estimated that there are six to 12 fatalities a year related to this. Nearly one-third of these injuries are the result of small children placing ordinary household objects, such as keys, pins, or paperclips into the outlets with disastrous consequences.
TRRs look just like ordinary outlets, but are designed with spring-loaded receptacle cover plates that close off the receptacle openings, or slots.
When equal pressure is simultaneously applied to both sides, the receptacle cover plates open to allow the standard plug to make contact with the receptacle contact points. Without this simultaneous pressure, the cover plates remain closed, preventing insertion of foreign objects and protecting your children from painful, traumatic electrical injuries.
The average age of an American home is 41 years old. Most likely, in homes this old, the electrical outlets are not up to the latest NEC code, requiring all new and renovated homes to have TRRs since 2008.
In a newly constructed home, TRRs would add as little as $50 to the total cost of the home. In existing homes, standard electrical receptacles can be replaced with TRRs for as little as $2 per outlet – a small price to pay to ensure that your children are protected against electrical shocks and burns from electrical outlets.
The professionals at John's Electric care about your family’s safety and make your peace of mind our top priority. For more information on how to have TRRs installed in your home to prevent these disasters from occurring, contact us today.