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Home Inspector with Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

      The 2008-NEC (National Electrical Code) mandates the installation of Tamper Resistant Receptacles in all new construction and renovations----for improved child safety.  The Consumer Products Safety Commission, in a 10 year study, documented that over 24,000 children under the age of 10 were treated in emergency rooms for incidents related to electrical receptacles (shocks and burns).

Places for little fingers      It should be noted that these devices are not “tamper proof,” and a kid would have to know a lot about how the insides of these things work (or be INCREDIBLY unlucky) to bypass the built-in safety feature.

     I have fooled around with these devices a bit (it is not hard for me to act like a 10 year old) and I found it VERY difficult to shock myself.  I am not going to give the details of what it did take to shock myself because I wouldn’t want anyone out there to duplicate my follies----especially all those 10 year olds that might be reading my blog.  Recreational defibrillation is for “mature” adults ONLY.

     As an inspector, I welcome these Tamper Resistant devices for reasons other than their obvious safety advantages.  When I want to test receptacles during an inspection, it takes a LOT of time to remove those little push in plastic caps that people install to make the receptacles safer (and sometimes I think to reduce the likelihood of inspection).  The picture at the left is one of my favorite pictures of these push in type caps.  As you can see, with a missing cover plate, the “hot” components of the receptacle are infinitely more available to a kid’s curiosity than a receptacle with no caps and a proper cover plate would be.

     If you have little kids around----your current receptacles can be changed to the new type “relatively” cheaply (especially if you only do the ones that are readily accessible to children----like in their bedrooms) .  I would stress that these receptacles should only be changed by a qualified person.  People sometimes think that changing a receptacle is always as simple as it looks.   While it is simple for someone that knows what they are doing, there are factors in homes that can make it more problematic, like:  receptacles on switches, split wired receptacles, crumbly older wiring, aluminum wiring, reversed polarity, no ground wires etc.

     This next picture shows what a couple of Leviton’s new Tamper Resistant receptacles look like.

Tamper Resistant Receptacles

     Note that they have the letters TR stamped on them as required for identification.

TR

     So, don’t go and act like you are under 10 now.

 

Charles Buell

 

P.S.  Public Announcement

     On June 31, 2009 the Seattle Recreational Defibrillation Club will be holding its monthly meeting at my house in Shoreline, Wa.  If you are over 60---stop on by!  Don’t forget your teeth guard. 

 

 

 

 

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Alan, they are very nice---easy to use for us inspectors:)

Make a good safety upgrade when little kids are around

Norma----that is for sure.

May 27, 2009 02:39 AM #4
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Roy A. Peterson
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Charles, great info as always. But would you happen know if these receptacle's are going to replace the AFCI's or will they be in conjunction with each other.

                                                                           ~ Just wondering

May 27, 2009 02:48 AM #5
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Steven L. Smith
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Charlie,

Those kid proof caps can really slow down an inspection, people have no clue how disruputive they can be because some of them are hard to remove.

May 27, 2009 02:50 AM #6
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Roy, not relationship to AFCI's at all

Steve, they sure do

 

May 27, 2009 02:56 AM #7
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Gene Riemenschneider
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I would not put anything past my kids!  One of our reasons for not wanting a home with a pool is that my kids do not see boundaries.  They see challenges.

May 27, 2009 04:17 AM #8
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Gene, fortunately kids like that are usually pretty smart:)

May 27, 2009 04:46 AM #9
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Hi Charles: TR for tamper resistant - now I know everything! :)
May 27, 2009 01:32 PM #10
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Matt, you're getting there:)

May 27, 2009 01:49 PM #11
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James Quarello
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TR outlets have been a topic around here for a few months. I was at a meeting Tuesday and a group of us were discussing the Leviton plugs. Now if they only had these when I was a kid.

May 27, 2009 10:48 PM #12
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Shocking revelation you've posted here my friend!

"Recreational defibrillation is for “mature” adults ONLY." That line had me laughing out loud!

May 28, 2009 12:18 AM #13
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James, so have they been required there for awhile?  2008 NEC goes into effect around here June 6th

Craig, so glad I could give you a good laugh----sounds like you have experience?

May 28, 2009 02:45 AM #14
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Carol Culkin
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Charlie - What a waste. Why even bother with those plastic covers. What's the point if the rest of the outlet is exposed? Some people are just plain dumb.

May 28, 2009 02:48 AM #15
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James Quarello
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No they are not. CT skips code books. This will likely be adopted im 2011.
May 28, 2009 03:42 AM #16
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Carol---I hear you there.

James---interesting, gives Connecticut an extra three years to see how the changes fare in other places:)

May 28, 2009 03:47 AM #17
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Charles - Excellent information. Is Leviton the only manufacturer or have all the others developed TR receptacles as well?

May 28, 2009 05:57 AM #18
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Steve I am sure all the others will do the same---since the requirement is code driven

Here is a link to Pass & Seymour

May 28, 2009 06:33 AM #19
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Charles - these outlets are the greatest.  I have a 1 1/2 year old, and I changed out all of the readily accessible outlets in my house as soon as heard about them. 

May 29, 2009 04:26 PM #20
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Reuben---they are cool.  By the way, I bought a Fenix TK40---it is awesome!

May 29, 2009 05:17 PM #21
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Jay Markanich
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Sometimes at the end of the day my fingers are ruined by all the plastic caps.

Soon the nannies that be will condemn home construction altogether as creating something too dangerous for, well, for everybody!

Bummer I can't make the defib club meeting.  I'm not over 60 though - are "young" bucks welcome?

May 29, 2009 08:54 PM #22
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Jay, every other month we have intro meetings for the "younger set"

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