Product Type: Boots safety products
Newest Review: ... no matter how much they want to investigate and probe their surroundings. The Boots Plug Socket Covers came direct from my local Boots... more
Socket to me!
Boots Plug Socket Cover
Member Name: Bellroyd
Boots Plug Socket Cover
Advantages: I am confident that these can't be removed by toddlers
Disadvantages: None really, though they did cost a little more than I thought was reasonable
With a new grandson now getting about under his own steam, my wife decided that we needed to take some steps to ensure that the little man has a safe environment to play in when he visits.
I offered to clean up the dog cage, but received a thick ear for my trouble. Apparently that wasn't what she had in mind. And so it was that when next in town we were on the look out for plug covers which would stop him from poking things in the holes and electrocuting himself.
I found some for 99p for 3 in a local discount store, but my wife said that they were too cheap and that price shouldn't be a consideration when safety is paramount. (I hate it when she is right) Before the hour was up, Messrs Boots had profited further at my expense and I was £3.09 the poorer.
I didn't really mind parting with the cash because they are actually rather impressive looking items and when we got home I immediately regressed to mischievous urchin age and plugged them in to try them out. Unsurprisingly they were a nice snug fit and I was confident that the little bleeder would not be instantly sporting a Shirley Temple hair do if he happened to play with the sockets.
For your money you get a pack of four plain white plug covers which fit into your sockets. We have two double sockets low down in the lounge which required protection - the others are behind one of the sofas and behind the TV so they aren't easily reached. Each of the plug covers has a little bulbous lump in the middle and at first I thought these were for grabbing to remove the plug covers from the sockets. However, apparently not. Just below this bulbous protrusion there is a little plug pin shaped hole, the idea being that with the cover in place at a time when you want to use a socket, you insert one of the pins from the plug of the device you want to plug in into this hole and this gives you sufficient purchase to remove the plug cover.
Satisfied that we have a product that is fit for purpose, I can happily report that the little man has survived his recent visit. I sat him down and told him that if he went anywhere near the sockets, I would skin him alive. He's only 1 and a bit so I don't think he really understood. However, said with menace, my words may well have had a subliminal effect - who knows?
I'll admit that I still have a lingering concern that a product whose sole purpose is to prevent small people from poking things into holes itself has a hole designed in! However, I don't think Boots would allow their name to be used on a product that was unsafe.
Summary: Fit for purpose