“I normally refuse to join in campaigns but this seemed so important, and the ‘safety’ covers so absurd and dangerous, that I agreed”
Author, TV presenter & Patron of FatallyFlawed
Dr Adam Hart-Davis



“Sockets in the UK are designed to keep people safe. Our UK design has been better than the majority of other countries, for many years.  Socket covers are an absolute con and totally unnecessary.” 
Engineering, Maths and Science presenter on TV
FatallyFlawed Supporter

Johnny Ball

Cover Reviews

IMPORTANT: This information applies to BS 1363 sockets only   

As the number of reviews we hold has grown, we have reorganised them into separate pages.

In every case our test socket’s shutters  are opened by the upside down cover. 

All covers are the wrong size to safely fit a socket.


For Clippasafe, Boots & John Lewis covers click here

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Model2N Model2detail

For old-style mothercare and IKEA covers click here

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For “Emmay Care” covers click here

For Lindam DualGuard &
Mothercare DualGuard” covers click here

For ROUND socket covers from “B&Q”, “baby first”,  “beautiful beginnings”, “KIDDI PROOF”, “Ladybird”, “Lindam”, “masterplug”, “Morrisons Baby” and “TESCO” - click here


For PLUG SHAPED socket covers from “Deanston Electrical”, “Lyvia”, “MLA”, “NTA”, “Red/Grey”, “PMS”, and “Useful goods” - click here

For ”Safety First”  and other covers, click here

Shutter Mechanism

This is the rear view of a partially disassembled typical socket. 

The shutter mechanism can be clearly seen, an earth pin has been inserted into the socket on the left, the shutters which normally cover the power sockets have opened.  There is nothing inserted on the right and the shutters are closed.  

The bottom line is:
Safety is designed into UK sockets  - plug in  covers reduce safety!

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