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These units include a shutter which prevents foreign objects being inserted like small toys or paper clips that a young child may try to insert into the receptacle. With tamper-resistant receptacles, for there to be an electric current flowing, you need two objects to be inserted into the plug at the same time.
In many regions across the country, new code requires tamper-resistant receptacles, but if you’re in an older home, you’ll want to double check to see if you need to make some upgrades. Switching out a receptacle isn’t an expensive job (the hardware itself is only about $8 per receptacle), and some particularly handy homeowners could even do it themselves if it’s a simple enough switch. Hiring a pro to do the replacement should only cost a few hundred dollars to do the job from start to finish.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt to go the extra mile just to be safe. If you can, block as many outlets as you can with furniture, or make use of safety plugs to keep open receptacles safe from little fingers.
When it’s a matter of safety, you can never be too careful. Before the baby arrives, make sure you’ve taken the time to protect them from the hazards your home could possess. There are no shortcuts when it comes to safety — so make it right for your newest arrival.
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