“ Brand: Tomee Tippee / Safety Type: Household Safety & Child Proofing „
Before buying and using these socket covers, or any other make, have a look at www.fatallyflawed.org.uk.
The 13A "square" pin sockets used in the UK have had to conform to British Standard 1363 since the late 1940s. They HAVE to have a built in safety shutter on the live contacts. This makes them inherently very safe and no other safety cover is necessary.
In many sockets these shutters are opened by inserting the earth (top) pin. So-called "safety" covers make the ideal tool for doing this when turned upside down or when broken. (See above website).
Far from adding to safety, most, possibly all, "safety" socket covers REDUCE the safety of British sockets. They may be useful in other countries which do not use shuttered sockets - but not the British 13A type.
In contrast to BS 1363 sockets which are carefully engineered by well informed people, these "safety" covers are an ill-informed attempt to solve a problem which does not exist, and will usually introduce a serious hazard which did not previously arise. The sockets conform to exacting safety standards - there are none for these covers.
If you want to spend money ensuring that your sockets are even safer, make sure your ring mains are protected by a residual Current Device (RCD), or have RCDs installed.
The one star rating has only been awarded because it is not possible to award none.
My mum tells me that when i was little, the mischief I got up to was alraming. Me? Never! Apparantly, if it wasn't locked away I'd either swallow it, stick it up my nose or some other orafice! I can actually remember going to hospital to get a rubber out of my ear, so maybe my mother does speak the truth! One other thing that I was renowned for was sticking knitting needles into plug sockets. My poor mum thought I'd killed myself once. As there were no such things as child proof socket covers in those days (I'm not as old as that sounds!), mum used to have to put furniture in front of all the sockets! One good thing came from me being a little horror. I'm very safety concious in my own home now. Medicines are kept in a locked cabinet, the hob has a guard around it and even thoug my youngest is 5 now, we still have a stairgate upstairs. (Ideal for hubby and I after a night on the tiles!!!) About the best child-proofing device in my home though, are the Tommy Tippy socket covers. They lie flat against the box, and little fingers belonging to crawling terrors can't get in at them to pull them out! My kids have got so used to seeing them there that they don't give them a second thought now. The greatest thing about these covers was that they were all free. No, it wasn't a promotional offer or anything like that. When I had my first child, my mum arrived down with a cover for every socket in the house. I thought 'That's odd, I'd have preferred flowers!' However, my mum's only words were...'If she's anything like her mother, you'll flaming well eed them!'
I thought that I would have learnt with our first two children. It seems that I may have overlooked a small but important detail of a small child's safety. Having two school aged children, an active toddler running about and a small dependant baby to look after, I kind of forgot what toddlers can get up to when in a curious mood. Yes John has got to that stage where he has to tamper with electrical sockets, every parents nightmare. He is not happy with just turning on the switches but he has to try and fit every thing and any thing into where a plug would fit. After getting bored of trying this its time to see which of his fingers fit the best. Believe me toddlers fingers fit very nicely into the three holes of an electrical socket. You see the potential danger that little ones can get into! I did and that's why I went out and paid just £1.99 for a set of 6 socket covers. It is a small price to pay for the safety of a child and every home that has small children living there or visiting should have them. What they are is round plastic shaped disk that have three plastic prongs placed the same place where prongs would be on a plug socket. I say round but I have a few years ago purchased some that was in the shape of a triangle. They come in a pack of 6 white socket covers, so you may need to buy more than one pack if you have lots of sockets in the reach of a small child. To use them all you have to do is push them into any electrical sockets the same way you would push a plug in. These are then left in place and are safe to keep in the socket even if the socket is switched on. To remove them is easy too but can be a little tight so what those broken finger nails. The reason for them fitting so tight is that a child would in no way be able to remove them. Since trying these for John he has lost all interest in electrical sockets but we still keep them in pl
ace just in case he feels the need to tamper. As I said £1.99 is a very small price to pay to help protect a small child from a potential danger. These have given us great peace of mind as far as Johns safety is concerned and would even come in handy when Rebekah gets to that curious stage. Even when all our children have grown up we could still keep them handy for when they have their own children (a few years to go for grandchildren I hope).