Remember when moms used to put those little plastic pieces into outlets to keep their kids safe? Now, every new home is equipped with tamper-resistant receptacles, which are electrical outlets with spring-loaded shutters that close off the openings when the outlet is not in use. When a plug is inserted, the shutters open, but if something else like a paper clip or clothes hanger or some other small metal object is being forced in, it won’t open. That prevents electrocution.
Homeowners with children, who live in older homes, should have tamper-resistant receptacles installed in order to prevent this type of electrocution accident in their home. The older plug-in type receptacle caps may be lost when removed to use an outlet and become a choking hazard as well. The tamper-resistant receptacles are the perfect alternative to the caps and much safer in the long run.