I've seen the things you get from Mothercare to stop babies sticking
teaspoons in sockets. I've see the sockets with flaps in front like you
get when they are set into the floor. I don't see why anyone should
campaign to have them banned, either of them. Is it maybe something else?
His argument was that 13A sockets/plugs were *designed* safe and don't
need such covers.
Some of them make it possible to insert metal objects into the live
pins, which is impossible without the 'safety' covers
Others of them damage the socket contacts, making poor contact and
overheating more likely when the 'safety' covers have been remnved
I do seem to remember his argument had some detractors here, but I can't
remember on what grounds?
One opinion is that as all UK sockets are required to be shuttered, they
are pretty damned safe to push something into - unlike when dummy plugs
are fitted and toddlers can pull them out, turn them 180° and re-insert
the "earth" pin part way, leaving the live and neutral shutters wide
open! We've probably all used a rotated plug in that way to open the
shutters and plug a shaver in in an emergency.
I am pretty sure that MK sockets didn't (don't?) use the earth pin
method and instead used a rotary shutter, operated directly by the ramps
on it, by the neutral and live pins themselves.
I must admit that my memories of BS1363-2 are now sketchy, but I used to
know it well, as my father sat on the committee revising it in the late
'80s and I typed many of the changes and even suggested clearer wording
for some sections.
A reminder to everyone that Lancashire library service (they use a snail
mail sign-up process) provides access to a decent selection of the BSOL
documents ... although using an old Manchester library ID on the
Lancashire page also works.
Having waded though many of the stats available I have found its very
difficult to get any meaningful stats - especially on injuries from
electrical accidents. Fatalities you can get a bit more of a handle on,
but there are so few of them to tell you much. ISTR there were some
stats on electrical injuries requiring hospital treatment (I have posted
links in the past)
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