How safe are child plug socket covers?

Do you use child safety plug socket covers? If so, you need to read this.

For all of you who don’t know, I am an electrician. I own and run an electrical and fire alarm contractors in the South East and I am very passionate about electrical and fire safety.

As a parent of young children, I have looked into child safe plug socket covers for for some time. These accessories are marketed to be child proof safety plug socket covers that will stop your child getting an electric shock by preventing your child sticking their fingers or foreign objects into the holes of the socket.

They are sold in major UK retail outlets and are sometimes sold as part of essential child proofing kits to parents.

So. Are parents being misadvised?

What if I told you that these SAFETY devices actually make the sockets UNSAFE? Instead of preventing danger, they present danger? Would you be concerned if they were not made and tested to any British Safety standard at all?

Check out my video on my Dans the Engineer channel to see what I have to say.



In addition to my Dad blog and YouTube channels Dans the Word and How Far We’ll Go, I also have a channel called Dans the Engineer and Facebook page if you are interested in more electrical and fire safety information, please head on over.


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  1. July 7, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    I always assumed they had to be made to a certain standard so I’m surprised to hear that they don’t. Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

    • July 8, 2017 / 7:23 am

      I think that’s a natural assumption and the problem, if they can’t be controlled on how they are made, anybody can make them! It can be misleading when most major retailers sell them

  2. July 7, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    I am SO with you on this! We NEVER use plug covers because they are unsafe, it makes me so angry that they are made! #thatfridaylinky

    • July 8, 2017 / 7:24 am

      Glad to hear you don’t use them!

  3. July 9, 2017 / 5:46 am

    we still have them but I never put a lot of confidence in them. I was more afraid of what my daughter might get into by trying to take them out than what she might do without them #thatfridaylinky

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