Outlet Protectors

More than a thousand kids are injured every year by putting something metal into an electrical outlet.

There are plenty of child-proofing products out there, but Consumer Reports found two with problems.

Rachel skinner has three kids under the age of five, so she knows the importance of child proofing.

She also has outlet protectors, which are supposed to prevent a child from getting an electric shock.

Consumer Reports' Dan Mays and Rich Handel just tested for electrical outlet protectors and found two from safety first that parents should avoid.

A simple plastic plug that you push into the socket. But Consumer Reports says it's so small it poses a choking hazard.

Consumer Reports found a different problem with a second outlet protector. It's a wall mounted plate that uses a spring- loaded rotating cover design.

Consumer reports rated both of these products not acceptable... The safety first outlet plugs, the white ones and the safety first swivel outlet cover.

But consumer reports found plenty of outlet protectors that work well. Top rated is the Mommy's helper safe-plate outlet safety cover. It costs about $4.

It's a spring-loaded sliding cover that's easy to install and can help keep your curious little ones safe.


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