Going Tamper-Proof

September 28, 2021

We’re taught from a young age that contact with electrical outlets poses serious risks, including electric shock, burns and even electrocution.

While warnings about this household danger are critical, it’s important to have additional safeguards in place to protect you and your loved ones.

With a simple change, homeowners can mitigate the risk associated with electrical outlets by replacing standard outlets with tamper resistant receptacles (TRRs) – and raise their home’s value in the process.

What are TRRs?

TRRs look like regular electrical outlets but have built-in spring-loaded shutters that close off the slots in the receptacle, thus blocking foreign objects from being inserted and preventing injuries from child tampering. The shutters in the outlet remain closed until the proper sized plug is inserted.

According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety at home and in the workplace, the installation of TRRs benefits households by:

  • Protecting families, especially children, from electrical injuries in a cost-effective, easy way. TRRs can be installed throughout a home for an estimated cost of less than $200. Installations should be performed by qualified electricians.
  • Increasing home value by meeting or exceeding current electrical safety code standards.
  • Potentially providing insurance discounts as a qualifying home safety upgrade.

More information on TRRs is available on ESFI’s website*.

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