Tamper resistant/child-proof outlets protect your children and invited guests, preventing injuries and liability. Also called tamper-proof recepticles, these electrical outlets are so effective that as of 2008, the National Electrical Code (NEC) has required their installation in all new homes.
Spring-loaded receptacle cover plates inside each opening protect electrical contacts, preventing the insertino of objects when unequal pressure is applied to the receptacle’s contact points.
In order to insert a plug into the receptacle, simply apply equal pressure to both sides simultaneously (as you would normally do) which allows the receptacle’s cover plate to open.
Computer, printer and scanners can be a heavy power draw on a standard den or bedroom circuit. To avoid tripped circuit-breakers it is advised to install a circuit that only controls your computer systems.
GFCI outlets are used in areas like the kitchen, bathroom or garage where the risk of electrical shock is greater. They can be identified by the “test” and “reset” buttons located on the receptacle. These outlets help protect you from electrical hazards by monitoring the amount of electricity flowing in a circuit and tripping the circuit if an imbalance is detected. Once detected, the outlet stops the flow of electricity.
- Press the “test” button to stop electrical flow to the outlet
- Plug in a night light or other small device that uses a minimal amount of electricity to ensure current is no longer flowing to the receptacle
- Press the “reset” button to return power flow to the outlet