Tamper Resistant Receptacles

Baby in danger of electrocution

What is a Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRR)?
TRRs look just like ordinary outlets, but are designed with an internal spring-loaded plate that closes off the receptacle openings. When a plug is inserted, the equal pressure on both side of the plate, opens the plate, and allows the plug to enter. Without this simultaneous pressure, the plate remains closed, preventing insertion of foreign objects and protecting your children from painful, traumatic electrical injuries.

Why Install TRRs?
Each year, approximately 2,400 children suffer severe shock and burns when they stick items into the slots of electrical receptacles - that is nearly seven children a day. It is estimated that there are six to 12 fatalities a year related to this. Nearly one-third of these injuries are the result of small children placing ordinary household objects, such as keys, pins, or paperclips into the outlets with disastrous consequences. Even if you do not have young children of your own, if young a child ever visits, this is worthwhile protection.

What about removable plastic caps?
The fact that they are removable means that you have to remember to reinsert them. TRRs are automatic.

Where are TRRs needed?
Electrical outlets are located in practically every room of your home and represent a constant and real danger to young children. Although not widely used in homes until recently, TRRs have been required in hospital pediatric care facilities for more than 20 years. In fact, TRRs have proven to be so effective that the National Electrical Code now requires them to be installed in all new home construction.

Are TRRs compatible with GFCI receptacles?
Yes, there are combination GFCI and TRR receptacles to provide both protections simultaneously.

What should you do?
TRRs can save the life of a young child in your care. We recommend you consider replacing all standard receptacles at floor level with tamper resistant receptacles.

Back to Articles and Extras