ELECTRICAL SAFETY QUIZ

BELIEF #3:

OUTLET CAPS ARE 1OO PERCENT "TODDLER PROOF" .

Not true. But they do buy time to catch up with curious crawlers. "Having a safety cap is better than no safety cap," says Stacey Reuben, a spokeswoman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Reuben also recommends plugging them into any unused electrical outlets or extension cords.

Jacqueline Chatz of Chicago, mother of 19-month-old Madeleine, prefers the shield-style caps that fit completely over the outlet. "Thankfully, Maddy isn't very interested in plugs or cords," she says. "But her cousin Denise is a little fire chief. The minute you put her down, she goes around and starts investigating every outlet she can get her hands on."

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Adapted from "Shocking Truths About Electricity In The Home" by Mick Hans.

Family Safety and Health, Winter 1992-1993. 

Thanks to Ken Lomax for the info.

October Safety Poster

Posted 10/99