This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry.
Julie Chavanne, Communications Director, ESFI
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) released the complete results of its Tamper-Resistant Receptacle Awareness and Usage Survey, which was developed to determine the electrical outlet childproofing techniques among mothers with young children and gauge awareness of tamper-resistant receptacle (TRR) technology.
The survey reveals a lack of awareness of TRRs and widespread use of plastic outlet caps despite apprehension about their effectiveness.
Results show that nearly one-third of respondents reported that their electrical outlets were not childproofed; two-thirds were only slightly or not at all familiar with TRRs; and 86 percent used removable plastic outlet caps to childproof their electrical outlets, though 40 percent agreed that plastic outlet caps could easily be removed by toddlers.
The complete results of the Tamper Resistant Receptacle Awareness and Usage Survey are available at www.esfi.org.