SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Feb. 1, 2008) - The 2008 National Electrical Code® (NEC) has established a new standard for child electrical safety, requiring all electrical outlets, or receptacles, in newly constructed residential units to be Tamper-Resistant Receptacles.
A Tamper-Resistant Receptacle works like any electrical outlet, except it has a built-in shutter system that prevents children from inserting metal objects into the slots. The shutters obstruct objects from touching electrically live components, but plugs can be inserted and removed as usual.
Tamper-Resistant Receptacles provide automatic, continuous protection, unlike plastic outlet caps which can be removed or forgotten. With thousands of child electrical injuries involving receptacles reported each year, the Code change aims to reduce these incidents.
In response, Pass & Seymour/Legrand (P&S), a leading electrical wiring device manufacturer, has unveiled an extensive line of Tamper-Resistant Receptacles to fit all residential applications.
More than 100 device, style and color combinations make up the P&S Tamper-Resistant product line - the most extensive offering in the electrical industry. Options range from standard electrical receptacles to decorator styles, and combination devices that pair receptacles with nightlights, switches and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).
"Our mission is to make sure electrical contractors and distributors have all the tools and product choices needed to meet this new requirement," said Tom Roy, residential product manager at P&S. "We're committed to continue educating parents, homeowners and the electrical industry so they understand the Code change and why Tamper-Resistant Receptacles are proven to offer the most reliable protection against child electrical injuries."
While its product line has increased exponentially P&S has offered award-winning Tamper-Resistant Receptacles for years. Tamper-Resistant Hallway Light/Receptacle Combination Devices and Decorator Receptacles won the Home Safety Council's Commendation Award in 2006, and the Tamper-Resistant GFCI won the 2005 Innovation Award from Electrical Contracting Products.
States and municipalities have already begun to adopt the new Code edition, and most can be expected to adopt it within two years.
For more information about any of the P&S Tamper-Resistant Receptacles, contact your P&S representative or visit www.passandseymour.com/TRoutlets.
Pass & Seymour/Legrand is a leading provider of electrical wiring devices, home systems and accessories in North America. For more information, call 1-800-611-7277 or visit www.passandseymour.com.
Legrand (www.legrandelectric.com) is the world specialist in products and systems for electrical installations and information networks, offering solutions for use in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. With a presence in more than 60 countries, Legrand employs over 33,000 people. Its catalogues list more than 130,000 products with sales totaling over $3.7 billion. Legrand is developing and reinforcing its technological leadership by constantly increasing the added value of its offerings.
Pass & Seymour/Legrand
P.O. Box 4822
Syracuse, NY 13221