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Danger ... Can you see what's wrong with this Mains Socket Safety Cover ?

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Danger ... Can you see what's wrong with this Mains Socket Safety Cover ?

Danger ... 
Can you see what's wrong with this Mains Socket Safety Cover ?
It has an extra long plastic Earth Pin, and can be inserted upside down......
Opening the lower two  sockets, one of which will be 240v Live
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Re: Danger ... Can you see what's wrong with this Mains Socket Safety Cover ?

BUT this is the same for any plug surely?
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Re: Danger ... Can you see what's wrong with this Mains Socket Safety Cover ?

That`s really useful.... now I don`t need to go out and  buy a 3 pin plug for my electric drill.... just poke any plug in upside down, and then poke the wires in the other two holes...

Brill... thanks for the tip...  Wink
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Re: Danger ... Can you see what's wrong with this Mains Socket Safety Cover ?

From the OP's link:
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Babies of just 5 months have been known to remove socket covers!

Who, exactly, would leave a baby of 5 months unattended to perform such an action  Shocked

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Re: Danger ... Can you see what's wrong with this Mains Socket Safety Cover ?

Quote from: Hairy
BUT this is the same for any plug surely?

Not really...
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Danger ...  
It has an extra long plastic Earth Pin, and can be inserted upside down......


Quote from: shutter
just poke any plug in upside down, and then poke the wires in the other two holes...
Brill... thanks for the tip...  Wink

No, read the above, from the original post
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Re: Danger ... Can you see what's wrong with this Mains Socket Safety Cover ?

I remember as a kid, my parents tried those covers so I used to get a knife and prise them off.
My dad was bad. I remember (back in the day), no new electrical equipment came with a plug and so you had to fit one youself. So my dad would get the two bare wires of something which had no plug, and put something in with a plug on top, so they'd both work.
I remember trying that too then and it worked. Now I realise how dodgy that was.
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Re: Danger ... Can you see what's wrong with this Mains Socket Safety Cover ?

That site goes into great detail about what's wrong with socket covers, which manages to be pretty much everything. But the earth pin being too long wasn't a main problem, it's more that the other pins are too short, and that the cover is usually a pathetic piece of plastic that's not even big enough.
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Re: Danger ... Can you see what's wrong with this Mains Socket Safety Cover ?

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Quote from: shutter
just poke any plug in upside down, and then poke the wires in the other two holes...
Brill... thanks for the tip...  Wink

No, read the above, from the original post


Oh dear.... does that mean I will have to buy one of those in the orignal post, then ? 
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Re: Danger ... Can you see what's wrong with this Mains Socket Safety Cover ?

British 13 Amp sockets have built in automatic shutters to protect against children poking things in.
    First introduced 65 years ago, they are considered the safest in the world and do not require external covers.
    No responsible national body recommends using socket covers.
    (That includes the UK Government, RoSPA, Ofsted, Child Accident Prevention Trust and Electrical Safety Council.)
    Sockets are made to accept plugs which meet very exact requirements.
    Anything which is not made to the same dimensions as required for plugs may cause permanent damage.
    No socket covers which meet the correct dimensions are available!
    Socket covers introduce a variety of dangers; they make sockets less safe, not more.

UK law requires all sockets sold to conform to the current BS 1363 standard, this is what ensures your child’s safety.
It was originally introduced in 1947 as: British Standard 1363 : 1947  FUSED PLUGS AND SHUTTERED SOCKET OUTLETS.
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Re: Danger ... Can you see what's wrong with this Mains Socket Safety Cover ?

Maybe the plug sockets are safe but....
I remember when I was very young playing with my parents bedside lamp. I used to take the bulb out, switch on, then put my finger in the socket.
I used to do this many many times.
Thankfully I appear to have grown out of that. Cheesy
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Re: Danger ... Can you see what's wrong with this Mains Socket Safety Cover ?

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I used to take the bulb out, switch on, then put my finger in the socket.

I just have to ask...

Why?

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Re: Danger ... Can you see what's wrong with this Mains Socket Safety Cover ?

Because he is really Uncle Fester from the Addams Family !   Cheesy
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Re: Danger ... Can you see what's wrong with this Mains Socket Safety Cover ?

It's quite simple https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZOJMZEITzg
The relevant bit starts at 1:20.
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Re: Danger ... Can you see what's wrong with this Mains Socket Safety Cover ?

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Oh dear.... does that mean I will have to buy one of those in the orignal post, then ? 

No - Just use a screwdriver in the earth socket to open the shutter, poke in the wires and remove the screwdriver.  The shutter then grips the wires and stops them falling out.
Simples!
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Re: Danger ... Can you see what's wrong with this Mains Socket Safety Cover ?

Quote from: shutter
just poke any plug in upside down, and then poke the wires in the other two holes...

And you don't even need to worry which wire you put in the two holes as it's AC so polarity doesn't apply  Cheesy
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