+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    775
    Thanks
    595
    Thanked
    257
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts

    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?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    299
    Thanks
    14
    Thanked
    43
    Reviews
    0
    No replies yet?
    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?

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to goldtoe For This Useful Post:

    debsch  (19-03-2014)

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    6,761
    Thanks
    3,815
    Thanked
    3,856
    Reviews
    17
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    Awards:
    Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 14/11/14100 Posts in a week
    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.

  5. The Following User Says Thank You to DesperatelySeekingSleep For This Useful Post:

    debsch  (19-03-2014)

  6. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    6,761
    Thanks
    3,815
    Thanked
    3,856
    Reviews
    17
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    Awards:
    Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 14/11/14100 Posts in a week
    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.

  7. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to DesperatelySeekingSleep For This Useful Post:

    debsch  (19-03-2014),snowqu33n  (19-03-2014)

  8. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    4,669
    Thanks
    1,352
    Thanked
    2,646
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    They are the only baby proofing I do.

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to Lincolns mummy For This Useful Post:

    debsch  (19-03-2014)

  10. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    10,666
    Thanks
    3,272
    Thanked
    6,613
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    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

  11. The Following User Says Thank You to Elijahs Mum For This Useful Post:

    debsch  (19-03-2014)

  12. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    2,544
    Thanks
    519
    Thanked
    451
    Reviews
    4
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    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

  13. The Following User Says Thank You to LlamaMa For This Useful Post:

    debsch  (19-03-2014)

  14. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Launceston
    Posts
    13,466
    Thanks
    732
    Thanked
    2,355
    Reviews
    34
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    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.

  15. The Following User Says Thank You to waterlily For This Useful Post:

    debsch  (19-03-2014)

  16. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    920
    Thanks
    17
    Thanked
    67
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 posts
    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.

  17. The Following User Says Thank You to abibelsmum For This Useful Post:

    debsch  (19-03-2014)


 

Similar Threads

  1. Electric stovetop logic...
    By ciaomamma in forum General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 09-10-2013, 17:15
  2. How to clean an electric seriliser?
    By galoomp in forum General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 30-09-2013, 14:24
  3. Electric blankets
    By dancingchipmunk in forum General Chat
    Replies: 23
    Last Post: 29-05-2013, 18:31

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
FEATURED SUPPORTER
Baby MonitorsLooking to buy a baby monitor? :: Read viewer reviews of baby monitors BEFORE you buy :: Buy at a local or online Baby ...
FORUMS - chatting now ...
REVIEWS
"Pigeon teats rule!"
by Alex
Pigeon PP Wide Neck reviews ›
"Wonderful natural Aussie made product!"
by Mrstwr
Baby U Goat Milk Moisturiser reviews ›
"Replaced good quality with cheap tight nappies"
by Kris
Coles Comfy Bots Nappies reviews ›