TRRs: 50 Cents to Protect a Child

What are Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRRs)? Though they look like standard outlets, only TRRs include a built-in shutter system that prevents foreign objects from being inserted.  Only a plug that applies simultaneous, equal pressure to both slots will disengage the cover plates, allowing access to the contact points.  Without this synchronized pressure, the cover plates […]

Electrical Receptacle Related Injury Statistics

Profile of a typical victim and incident: Male 2 or 3 years old Injured at home Inserted a hairpin into a receptacle Suffered a 1st or 2nd degree electric burn to a finger Emotional trauma to child and parents Required emergency room treatment Objects inserted are everyday, easily accessible household items: Hairpin – 32% Unidentified – […]

Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRR) – Code Requirements: Revisions from the NEC 2008 & 2011

See what changes were made in the 2008 & 2011 National Electrical Code in regards to Tamper Resistant Receptacles  (TRR) Revisions from the NEC 2008 Section 406.12, Tamper-Resistant Receptacles in Dwelling Units* *Dwelling units definition: A Dwelling Unit is a single unit, providing complete and independent living facilities for one or more persons, including permanent […]

Types of Tamper-Resistant Receptacles

Major wiring device manufacturers offer a wide range of tamper-resistant receptacles through specialized electrical distributors, home improvement centers and hardware stores. Many colors are available in both 15A and 20A capacities. Contractors, specifiers, builders and homeowners should have no difficulty in sourcing tamper-resistant receptacles appropriate to any application. Traditional Residential Receptacles  Contemporary Residential Receptacles Matches […]