Pass & Seymour/Legrand Tamper-Resistant Receptacles Featured on the DIY Network's 'Deconstruction'

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (January 22, 2009) - Pass & Seymour/Legrand (P&S) was recently featured on the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Network's Deconstruction, to demonstrate the built-in safety benefits of Tamper-Resistant electrical receptacles. The episode offered a glimpse into the manufacturing and quality testing process at P&S's Greensboro, N.C., facility.

The television series examines various elements of home improvement, such as windows, plumbing, paint, energy savings and electrical wiring. With experiments and demonstrations, it details how products are made and the benefits they offer to homeowners.

P&S facility managers and engineers explained the safety function of a Tamper-Resistant Receptacle, or outlet, which 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. These devices provide the most reliable protection against child electrical injuries.

Sticking a metal paper clip into the devices, P&S demonstrated how easily electric shocks and burns can occur with a traditional outlet, and how a Tamper-Resistant device can prevent injury.

"People don't give much thought to electrical outlets, but they play a significant role in our lives and can't be forgotten when considering home safety measures," said Pat Davin, Vice President and General Manager at P&S. "We're grateful for the opportunity to share the science behind tamper-resistant receptacle technology and hope it raises viewers' awareness of electrical dangers."

In 2008 the National Electrical Code® (NEC) was revised, including a requirement for Tamper-Resistant Receptacles to be installed in new homes. P&S is an active member of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association task force responsible for Tamper-Resistant Code adoption advocacy, state by state.

For more information on Tamper-Resistant Receptacles, visit

Pass & Seymour/Legrand is a leading provider of electrical wiring devices, home systems and accessories in North America. For more information, call 1-800-776-4035 or visit

Legrand is the global specialist in products and systems for electrical installations and information networks where people live and work. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for suppliers worldwide.

Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value is a prime vector for growth. Backed by sound business and financial structures, Legrand is actively expanding its presence in fast-growing geographical zones and market segments that include lighting controls, energy savings and home automation, through a sustained stream of targeted, self-financed acquisitions and other initiatives. In 2007 Legrand employed 35,000 people around the globe and reported sales of 4.1billion, including 25% in emerging markets. The company is listed on Euronext Paris and is a component stock of indexes including the SBF120, FTSE4Good and MSCI World (ISIN code FR0010307819).

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P.O. Box 4822
Syracuse, NY 13221

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Syracuse, NY 13204

CONTACT: Carri A. Prue
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