Electrical socket covers are dangerous, and should be banned.
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 to BS 1363 sockets.
So what is BS 1363?
The BS 1363 13 A (13amp) plug 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.
A myth invented by socket cover suppliers is that children can put their fingers into unprotected sockets. Fabricated!
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.Plug sockets already have safety shutters that are built in, no need for socket covers what so ever!
There’s no need for socket covers. Clippasafe Ltd, one of the leading brands that sell these shocking socket covers has sold more than 6 million covers since 2000 and, its managing director Roger Cheetham has said it had received no customer complaints.
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A great alternative that isn’t dangerous is a Socket Protector.
Made by the same company, Clippasafe. This new style of Socket Protector covers the socket entirely. Take a look at them below.
If you really want to keep your children safe from electrical sockets, we would recommend these new socket covers over the plug in covers.
You can buy the new covers here
If you need anymore advice on socket covers, please contact me.