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    Default Electric socket covers - should I use them or not?

    I saw this on facebook this morning, posted by a friend in the UK -

    http://www.fatallyflawed.org.uk/

    Socket Covers should NOT be inserted into sockets - they are dangerous!
    British 13 Amp sockets have built in automatic shutters to protect against children poking things in.


    I followed the link because I've only just been considering buying socket covers. Now I'm thinking I shouldn't. Our boy is 16 months but hasn't shown much interest in the sockets we have around the house.

    The UK 3-pin plug has one pin much longer than the other two, and this needs to be inserted quite a way in to the socket before the "automatic shutters" of the socket open up to accept the other two pins.

    Does the Aussie socket work in a similar way? Should I use socket covers?

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    None of the above applies to AU sockets.
    I really don't think socket covers are worthwhile, especially if you have RCDs (safety switches in the meter box - most modern homes do.)
    How many kids actually poke wires into sockets?

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    I read that as well. We use them. We also have RCD's and safety switches fitted. I don't see the problem with them really. You get some that sit flush so it's pretty hard for an adult to take them off let alone a small child.

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    Oh and the article said most covers don't fit snugly. Ours do. Also I think the pin style of the two angled pins and the straight pin underneath help with the snug fit. I find ours quite difficult to remove so I am confident they won't present the same dangers as the UK ones.

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    They are the only baby proofing I do.

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    I never used them at all but I think it depends on your child - DS was one of those babies that never touched anything and was easy to distract / redirect if it looked like he was about too plus I only had the one child so he was easy to watch but my niece was one of those babies who touched everything, climbed on-top , pulled over and put everything in her mouth so SIL had to baby proof every inch of her house and still does

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    We use them, even with a safety switch and rcd protection. When DF was little he jammed a knife into a socket and got a big shock. I'd rather not risk that happening here. They are the only 'baby proofing' items that inhale ever purchased....money well sent if you ask me

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    It was the only thing I did baby profs with DD. DS is already looking interested at 8 months so I think I'll use them again.

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    We use them on sockets DS can get to. DS likes to spend time flicking the power switch on and off so the covers prevent his curiosity becoming dangerous.

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