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N.C. Building Code to Require Child-Safe Outlets

Posted March 14, 2008

— The state voted Tuesday to update building codes to require child-safe electrical outlets.

All new homes will be required to have outlets with a shutter system that blocks anything but a plug from being pushed into the outlet. The shutters prevent children from electrocution and burns resulting from sticking things into the outlets.

The change takes effect June 1.


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  • NCMOMof3 Mar 18, 2008

    I agree with the posters that there are numerous problems that this new regulation does not cover. However, any step taken that can be taken, especially one that is relatively inexpensive,to ensure the safety of even one child is worth it.

  • blackdog Mar 14, 2008

    ...they'll have soft sheetrock walls soon....

  • ridgerunner Mar 14, 2008

    How many children were injured by sticking things in outlets last year. This sounds a lot like big brother "fixing" a problem that does not exist.
    FKHAYWOOD is correct is saying it will take decades to upgrade older houses. When was the last time you had to replace a worn out outlet?

  • Travised Mar 14, 2008

    Do they make those in GFI's as well for an additional step of protection? Personally I HATE those outlets (turn and plug). Most parents used the child proof outlet covers that tend to be hard to remove when you NEED the outlet. If you are that desperate you can also use the flat faceplates to cover the outlets.

    The laws rarely require existing structures to change. The GFI's near water was one; another state has a schedule for CO/Smoke detectors to be installed in existing structures (and any NEW construction).

  • fkhaywood Mar 14, 2008

    The only problem with this is that most children injured by sticking things into outlets do not live in new houses. It will take many decades, if ever, for existing outlets to be converted to the new type.