Plug socket covers to be removed from Tops on 1st December… here’s why

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plugA safety alert by the Department of Health has been issued regarding the use of plug socket covers. The new guidance says that socket covers should not be used, highlighting the dangers and calling for their removal.

We were made aware that they were not necessary 2 years ago and at that time we asked all parents for their thoughts on the removal of them. At the time we decided to continue to use them because of people’s perception of the danger of not using them. At that time we were not
made aware of the dangers involved in using them.

Taking the recent findings and advice on board we will, therefore, be removing all socket covers from 1st December 2016.

Commonly sold as safety accessories, socket covers are unregulated – they come in many different sizes and shapes and therefore rarely fit sockets correctly. The use of covers negates existing safety measures in the form of protective shutters, exposing the live electrical contacts. Covers can come loose or be easily removed by children, resulting in risk of electrocution. Covers can also damage the socket, which may lead to overheating and risk of fire.

It should be clear if an electrical socket is unsafe, at home look out for frayed wires on the plug, scorch marks or any other damage. The Child Accident Prevention Trust suggest many ways in which to minimise the risks associated with plug sockets and electrical appliances, which don’t require the use of socket covers.

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