See our Cover Review page for more pictures of dangerous covers. Do you wish to take this risk?
Now that you know about these dangers, how comfortable do you feel about leaving your child in a nursery that uses “safety socket covers”?
Do you have any idea if “safety socket covers” conform to standards? What does it say on the packet or on the cover itself? Actually, socket covers are UNREGULATED! None have been approved for use in UK sockets.
All 13A electrical sockets which are installed in your home must, by law, conform to BS 1363, which means that they must be safe and have been properly tested for correct insulation. Have you asked the manufacturers of covers that you may use if they have been properly tested for insulation? (No manufacturers have told us that they do!)
Why do you think it is that manufacturers of BS 1363 plugs and sockets do not provide “safety socket covers”?
Because safety shutters are built in!
To learn more please see our Cover Reviews, Our Videos, and our list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Our References page includes a brief history of BS 1363, and additional technical details including references to source documents and background to the tests we carry out.
Please do contact us to tell us of your own experiences, and raise any other questions.
There are various child safety issues regarding electricity which parents and other carers need to be aware of, and good advice is available from a number of organisations, including those listed on our Safety Sites links page. This site is specifically concerned with protecting children from exposure to electric shock from power sockets. See About Us for our qualifications.
Do YOU still think “safety socket covers” are a good idea?
The bottom line is:
Safety is designed into UK sockets - plug in covers reduce safety!