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20 plug socket covers £1 @ poundland
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These plastic socket covers are crucial for your baby's safety. They simply prevent objects being put into live electrical plug hole. 20 per pack.

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Thanks nihcaj.

When I pointed these dangers out to an "inspector" when my wife wanted to become a childminder I was ignored, and made to feel the fool. I pointed out that my sockets were all safe and even challenged her to insert an object in the neutral or live when the house was isolated.

Thank god 13 years later people are beginning to learn about these useless and possibly dangerous devices.

That said, if you have old sockets without built in protection then you do need to do something.
Change them for safe new sockets, it doesn't cost much and may prevent a fire due to old and weak contacts when you put your plug in. You will be surprised how many loose terminal screws you may find when you do it, I even found bent over wires wedged in terminals because people had lost the terminal screws.

nihcaj

Good God are these things still available?Safe they are NOT.There have … Good God are these things still available?Safe they are NOT.There have been postings in the past where this was fully explained, but I thought they had all but disappeared, it seems some are still pushing them :-(eg.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5039454/Electrical-socket-safety-covers-are-absurd-and-dangerous-say-engineers.htmlhttp://www.rospa.com/homesafety/policy/electricity.aspxhttp://www.fatallyflawed.org.uk/Good info here too:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-WhFgaqCX0



Agreed with this man. These actually introduce a risk, rather than help deal with one.

nihcaj

Good God are these things still available?Safe they are NOT.There have … Good God are these things still available?Safe they are NOT.There have been postings in the past where this was fully explained, but I thought they had all but disappeared, it seems some are still pushing them :-(eg.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5039454/Electrical-socket-safety-covers-are-absurd-and-dangerous-say-engineers.htmlhttp://www.rospa.com/homesafety/policy/electricity.aspxhttp://www.fatallyflawed.org.uk/Good info here too:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-WhFgaqCX0



Must admit - never really thought about this but a very obvious flaw now that you point it out

Thanks for that I had no idea how dangerous these were. Bought some of these a while ago (grandson always poking his little fingers into things) so thought I was being safety conscious. Will remove them right away.

nihcaj

Good God are these things still available?Safe they are NOT.There have … Good God are these things still available?Safe they are NOT.There have been postings in the past where this was fully explained, but I thought they had all but disappeared, it seems some are still pushing them :-(eg.[url=%0Ahttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5039454/Electrical-socket-safety-covers-are-absurd-and-dangerous-say-engineers.html]http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5039454/Electrical-socket-safety-covers-are-absurd-and-dangerous-say-engineers.html[/url][url=%0Ahttp://www.rospa.com/homesafety/policy/electricity.aspx]http://www.rospa.com/homesafety/policy/electricity.aspx[/url][url=%0Ahttp://www.fatallyflawed.org.uk/]http://www.fatallyflawed.org.uk/[/url]Good info here too:[url=%0Ahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-WhFgaqCX0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-WhFgaqCX0[/url]



Many thanks for this post. I'm not yet a parent but rather embarrassingly I never thought these products could be such a stupid idea.

Thanks for the info saved me buying those.

liamf12

When I pointed these dangers out to an "inspector" when my wife wanted to … When I pointed these dangers out to an "inspector" when my wife wanted to become a childminder I was ignored, and made to feel the fool. I pointed out that my sockets were all safe and even challenged her to insert an object in the neutral or live when the house was isolated. Thank god 13 years later people are beginning to learn about these useless and possibly dangerous devices.That said, if you have old sockets without built in protection then you do need to do something.Change them for safe new sockets, it doesn't cost much and may prevent a fire due to old and weak contacts when you put your plug in. You will be surprised how many loose terminal screws you may find when you do it, I even found bent over wires wedged in terminals because people had lost the terminal screws.



If your sockets are THAT old as not to have shutters, (ie. the older round pin type! although newer round pin type is used for lighting and IS shuttered!) you have a MUCH bigger problem than just electrocution from poking things in... it's long obsolete, and probably would be double-pole fused as well as having decayed cable and needs inspection and probably replacement PRONTO!

I can't believe anyone has voted hot on this - ridciulous product! I grew up without these & without being fried by houshold electricity - as did over 99.9% of the planet's population. A great big cold from me!

Total waste of money. Cold.

These damn things ought to be banned - they make a mockery of the requirements of electrical socket installation under the 17th Edition

Voted cold
Edited by: "gizmouk" 25th Apr 2011

nihcaj - Apr 25, 2011 18:17 - 6 people like thisGood God are these things … nihcaj - Apr 25, 2011 18:17 - 6 people like thisGood God are these things still available? Safe they are NOT.There have been postings in the past where this was fully explained, but I thought they had all but disappeared, it seems some are still pushing them :-(eg. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5039454/Electrical-socket-safety-covers-are-absurd-and-dangerous-say-engineers.htmlhttp://www.rospa.com/homesafety/policy/electricity.aspx http://www.fatallyflawed.org.uk/Good info here too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-WhFgaqCX0Edited By: nihcaj on Apr 25, 2011 18:19


Hell of a good comment, I consider myself as quite clued up when it comes to electrical safety and can't believe that I overlooked this one. There's a lot of emphasis on the sockets though when the real danger is in the bed side lights, comment from the fatallyflawed.org.uk site, too easy to overlook if you ask me:-

There is one other particular danger to which we would like to draw attention, and that is the standard lamp holder. Unlike 13A sockets, most lamp holders have no inbuilt protection. When the lamp is removed the electrical contacts are fully exposed in a way that makes it easy for adult fingers to touch the contacts, let alone those of a child. Removal of a lamp is not beyond a child. In addition to this there is always the danger that the glass bulb of a lamp may be broken, eg if a table lamp is knocked to the ground. A broken bulb leaves electricity conductors fully exposed. All this is in addition to the danger of burns from an illuminated bulb, particularly if the lamp has fallen to the floor.

The only 240V light I've considered to be safe enough to put in reach of my, child is a GU10 fitted with a 4W LED Lamp, cold compared to halogen, solid metal so in my opinion impossible to smash and finally, although you can still poke something in there, they can't get their fingers in. Also have individual RCD MCBs (RCBOs) ala 16th regs. Apart from the £32 per RCBO I don't know why they went against them in the 17th Edition?

Radar1972

... When the lamp is removed the electrical contacts are fully exposed in … ... When the lamp is removed the electrical contacts are fully exposed in a way that makes it easy for adult fingers to touch the contacts, let alone those of a child. Removal of a lamp is not beyond a child. In addition to this there is always the danger that the glass bulb of a lamp may be broken, eg if a table lamp is knocked to the ground. A broken bulb leaves electricity conductors fully exposed. All this is in addition to the danger of burns from an illuminated bulb, particularly if the lamp has fallen to the floor.[/b]



You can take this too far though: Most kids could use a pair of scissors to cut through a cable, or better still bite through it with their teeth. But I don't think we should use SWA throughout the house!

This was a deal for something that is pointless, and potentially dangerous. But above all pointless.

Better to let children learnt the hard way

nocountry

Better to let children learnt the hard way



TROLL

bigsky

You can take this too far though: Most kids could use a pair of scissors … You can take this too far though: Most kids could use a pair of scissors to cut through a cable, or better still bite through it with their teeth. But I don't think we should use SWA throughout the house!




Well you can, but I have to admit, it wouldn't be the first time I had a belt from a light socket, so it's not a potential risk, it really does happen :-(

manticore

I can't believe anyone has voted hot on this - ridciulous product!



Sadly it reflects on mindless voting that goes on, and is what ruins this site :-(

nihcaj

Well you can, but I have to admit, it wouldn't be the first time I had a … Well you can, but I have to admit, it wouldn't be the first time I had a belt from a light socket, so it's not a potential risk, it really does happen :-(



So you put your fingers in a light socket? That's a bit daft isn't it? Especially to do it more than once.

bigsky

So you put your fingers in a light socket? That's a bit daft isn't it? … So you put your fingers in a light socket? That's a bit daft isn't it? Especially to do it more than once.



No, changing bulbs. it's easy to just touch a terminal. I am wiser now and turn off, but I bet I am one in a hundred who does, and it's common enough to have switching installed wrong on two and 3-way lighting circuits, so with those the prospect of getting a shock with the switch OFF isn't impossible, nor unknown!

When working and you are in a rush, guess what gets forgotten - people simply just do it, and change the bulb without bothering to turn of the power.

Lampholders with integral safety switching DO exist, so it's not as if it's beyond technology
eg. diy-shop-compare.co.uk/491…der

I've never got a shock changing a lamp, but I do take your point that there is the potential to touch the live terminals of a standard BC lampholder if you are a bit clumsy and have failed to turn it off.

There is a simple precautions though: switch the power off when changing a lamp.

I strongly recommend you get an RCD fitted. It will help take the pain out of electric shocks if you are the sort of person that is prone to occasional electrocution. And if your household wiring is badly hooked up then you should get that checked by a competent electrician too.

bigsky

It will help take the pain out of electric shocks if you are the sort of … It will help take the pain out of electric shocks if you are the sort of person that is prone to occasional electrocution..

Flippin heck, how many times do you think someone needs to be electrocuted before they die ? oO

gizmouk

Flippin heck, how many times do you think someone needs to be … Flippin heck, how many times do you think someone needs to be electrocuted before they die ? oO



Unfortunately ONCE is enough, but I dare say there are few people around who have never had a shock, it's all to easy :-(

bigsky

There is a simple precautions though: switch the power off when changing … There is a simple precautions though: switch the power off when changing a lamp. .



True, but it's about the only intentionally user accessible part of a domestic installation that can easily expose the user to a potential shock, every other standard part has been fairly well designed to build safety in, in normal use (I am not talking about abuse or use in adverse conditions) - you don't have to wander off to the consumer unit to change a plug safely, and even when you need to change a fuse or reset an MCB, you are right next to the switch - but you DO need to come into close proximity to terminals to change a bulb, and go off to switch them off! Such situations are inevitably going to lead to people NOT bothering, in my youth I have done it, and I am more safety conscious than most people. It's especially likely when in a hurry, or the classic situation when plunged into darkness!

Now that simple technology is there so this could be resolved, maybe it's about time it was? :-(,

Devices such as RCD's (or whatever is the in-word this edition of the Electrical Regs!) are a Godsend, but not infallible, and not installed everywhere anyway.

gizmouk

Flippin heck, how many times do you think someone needs to be … Flippin heck, how many times do you think someone needs to be electrocuted before they die ? oO


Clearly a few times in nihcaj's case as he appears to be alive, well, and posting furiously in response to almost every comment on this thread!

nihcaj

Well you can, but I have to admit, it wouldn't be the first time I had a … Well you can, but I have to admit, it wouldn't be the first time I had a belt from a light socket, so it's not a potential risk, it really does happen :-(



gizmouk

Flippin heck, how many times do you think someone needs to be … Flippin heck, how many times do you think someone needs to be electrocuted before they die ? oO

nihcaj

Well you can, but I have to admit, it wouldn't be the first time I had a … Well you can, but I have to admit, it wouldn't be the first time I had a belt from a light socket, so it's not a potential risk, it really does happen :-(



Which is an odd comment from someone ALSO posting furiously on the very same thread!

Pot, meet kettle?

nihcaj

Which is an odd comment from someone ALSO posting furiously on the very … Which is an odd comment from someone ALSO posting furiously on the very same thread!Pot, meet kettle?



It's 9-5 to you nichaj my old son. Oh well, 9-6 now if you count this one.

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