'Real Safety' Campaign Pushes for Tamper-Resistant Outlets

Each year, approximately 2,400 American children are injured by incidents involving electrical outlets. In a move to safeguard children and protect against outlet-related accidents, the 2008 National Electric Code (NEC) mandates that only tamper-resistant electrical outlets be installed in new residential facilities.

Tamper-resistant outlets have built-in shutter systems that prevent foreign objects from touching electrically live components when they are inserted into the slots. The shutters protect against electrical burns without limiting normal plug insertion, removal or function.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and accredited standards developer, has launched an educational campaign called "Real Safety" to generate public awareness about tamper-resistant outlets.

Targeting electricians, inspectors, distributors, builders, parents and new homeowners, the campaign identifies the dangers that electrical outlets pose to children, educates users about tamper-resistant functionality and advocates adoption of the NEC.

"The tamper-resistant Code requirement is about safety, period. We have the opportunity to protect thousands of children from electrical burns and spare them visits to emergency rooms," said Andrei Moldoveanu, technical director, NEMA. "Child safety is a primary concern for NEMA, as it should be for the rest of the industry."

According to NEMA estimates, tamper-resistant outlets would add less than $50 to the cost of a new home's electrical system.

For more information, campaign literature, or to view an educational video about tamper-resistant outlets, visit www.childoutletsafety.org.

Download Center

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program.

  • Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    This guide includes details on how to conduct a thorough Job Hazard Analysis, and it's based directly on an OSHA publication for conducting JHAs. Learn how to identify potential hazards associated with each task of a job and set controls to mitigate hazard risks.

  • A Guide to Practicing “New Safety”

    Learn from safety professionals from around the world as they share their perspectives on various “new views” of safety, including Safety Differently, Safety-II, No Safety, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), Resilience Engineering, and more in this helpful guide.

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • EHS Software Buyer's Guide

    Learn the keys to staying organized, staying sharp, and staying one step ahead on all things safety. This buyer’s guide is designed for you to use in your search for the safety management solution that best suits your company’s needs.

  • Vector Solutions

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - June 2022

    June 2022

    Featuring:

    • SAFETY CULTURE
      Corporate Safety Culture Is Workplace Culture
    • HEAT STRESS
      Keeping Workers Safe from Heat-Related Illnesses & Injuries
    • EMPLOYEE HEALTH SCREENING
      Should Employers Consider Oral Fluid Drug Testing?
    • PPE FOR WOMEN
      Addressing Physical Differences
    View This Issue