How Tamper Resistant Receptacles Work

How Tamper Resistant Receptacles Work - Leviton Blog

Leviton makes it easy for you to comply with the 2008 NEC mandate for TR Receptacles in all new residential housing. This requirement results from a Consumer Product Safety Commission study that documented injuries in the home caused each year by children attempting to insert foreign objects into receptacles. TR receptacles have been mandated in hospital pediatric wards for over 20 years and have proven to effectively prevent electrical injuries. As a long-time manufacturer of tamper-resistant devices, we are pleased to be at the forefront of this safety measure with an expanded product line that encompasses a wide range of TR devices in Residential and Commercial Grades.

How They Work

The shutters inside a Tamper Resistant receptacle will not open and allow access to the contacts unless a two-prong plug is evenly inserted into the outlet. This ensures that hairpins, keys or other common household items children may try to insert into the outlet will be locked out.

How Tamper Resistant Receptacles Work

Since Tamper Resistant devices are designed to shut out foreign objects, damaged or bent blades on plugs may not be able to be inserted into the outlet. If that is the case, the blades should be straightened or replaced by a qualified professional.