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Electrical Safety: Plug-in Socket Covers Are DANGEROUS!

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Socket Covers should NOT be inserted into plug sockets.

Socket Covers Should Be Banned, Full-Stop.

Why are Socket Covers Dangerous?

Well, if you read along, I’ll tell you why plug socket covers are dangerous.

Not one socket cover, brand/make, have been approved for use in UK BS 1363 sockets.

So what is BS 1363?

The BS 1363 13 A (13amp) plugs socket-outlets adaptors and connection units is a British Standard which specifies the most common type of single-phase AC power plugs and sockets that are used in the United Kingdom. The standard requires that all sockets be tested to ensure that a pin has to be inserted a distance of 9.6mm into the socket before it makes contact with any live parts.

I’m seeing more and more people use these socket covers, It’s normally parents with young children and after a brief educational lesson, It’s removed.

A standard plug socket is safe without the need for any sort of “socket covers” because of the shutter mechanism inside, see below…


uk electrical socket with the covers
uk electrical socket without the covers


In the images above you can see the shutter mechanism once all the covers are removed. Plugging a socket cover in upside down opens the shutter and exposes live contacts, not great when small children are around.

Why do you think it is that manufacturers of BS 1363 do not provide “safety socket covers”?

Well because safety shutters are built in. There’s no need for socket covers.

Clippasafe Ltd, one of the leading brands that sell these shocking socket covers has sold more than 4.5 million covers since 2000 and, its managing director Roger Cheetham has said it had received no customer complaints.

A great alternative to the socket covers (Socket Protector) are, again from the same company – Clippasafe Socket Protector sold at Tesco. These socket cover are safe and very easy to fit and I would recommend for home users and schools.

The bottom line is that socket covers are UNREGULATED and is not British Standard 1363.

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