The NHS has banned the use of plug socket inserts throughout its organisation. By December of this year, all doctors’ waiting rooms, dentists, care homes, Ofsted-inspected premises and other NHS health-care providers must take out any protective socket covers and “dispose responsibly” of them. Although we are a private nursery provider, we have followed suit.
The NHS alert states, “In certain circumstances, the use of plastic 13A electrical socket inserts (sold as safety accessories), can overcome the safety features designed into socket outlets.
- 13A electrical socket inserts should not be used in health or social premises, nor supplied for use in a home or residence
- Any socket inserts currently in use should be withdrawn and responsibly disposed of.”
Current wiring and socket manufacturing regulations require socket outlets to have shutter locking mechanisms fitted to stop contamination entering the socket tubes.
Unfortunately socket inserts on the market do not meet any electrical or other safety standard and can damage the safety design of the socket or can introduce contamination into the live parts of sockets which could then result in an electric shock.”