Monday, January 7, 2008

Tamper Resistant Receptacles Help Protect Children from Electrical Injuries

PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cooper Wiring Devices today announced a new line of Tamper Resistant receptacles designed specifically for dwelling units - residential homes, extended stay hotels, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and apartment buildings - anyplace electrical injuries to children could be a concern. The new receptacles resist the insertion of foreign objects, thereby providing protection for young children from electrical injuries, which is a frequent worry of parents.

This new line of receptacles continues the high quality and performance for which Cooper Wiring Devices' products are known. New safety features ensure a home or facility is offering superior protection against electrical injury. Tamper Resistant receptacles utilize a UL-Listed shutter system that resists the insertion of foreign objects, and provides significantly improved protection when compared to regular receptacles with plastic safety caps. Additional features include a patented built-in wire stripper for convenience, tri-combo screws for flexible installation, and a highly visible "TR" designation that makes the receptacles easy to identify.

In a recent study performed by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), it was estimated that from 1991 to 2001, more than 24,000 children 10 years old or younger were treated in emergency rooms for incidents related to electrical receptacles. On average, this translates to about seven children every day.

"Our new line of Tamper Resistant receptacles will help make homes and other dwellings safer for young children." says Cooper Wiring Devices' Michele Salimbeni, Product Manager for Residential Products.

The industry efforts to develop safer electrical receptacles is in large part the reason new requirements are being added to the 2008 National Electrical Code(R) (NEC)* under section 406.11, Tamper Resistant Receptacles in Dwelling Units. The new code states that effective January 1, 2008, all receptacles installed in new dwelling units must be tamper-resistant. Cooper Wiring Devices' new line of Tamper Resistant Receptacles is fully compliant with these new code changes.

For more information, call 866-853-4293 or visit www.cooperwiringdevices.com.

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