The Benefits of Tamper Resistant Electrical Outlets

By shakir_williams

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Tamper Resistant Electrical Outlets

All electrical outlets are designed in different ways based on their function and application. If you are looking to replace your old receptacle outlets, it is important to understand which outlet you will need. While there are many design functions of electrical outlets, in this blog we will be discussing the benefits of tamper resistant receptacles, usually labeled TRR or TR. When to Change Your Outlets?

GFCI outlets, or ground fault circuit interrupters are electrical outlets that are used in damp or wet areas. This accounts for restrooms, outdoor pool areas, commercial or residential kitchens, garages, decks, porches, crawl spaces, restaurants, laundry areas and much more.

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The basic function of a GFCI outlet is to provide protection from electrical shock hazards and injuries that can be caused from power surges, outages, and storms. If an outlet discovers that an electrical current has been interrupted, the GFCI outlet will trip the circuit. What is a GFCI Receptacle?

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If you have decided to replace your old electrical outlets with new electrical receptacles, then you may be wondering which one to choose. All electrical outlets can come in many ways.

15-amp vs. 20-amp 

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Single  vs. Duplex 

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Tamper Resistant (TR)

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Weather Resistant (WR)

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self-testing GFCI receptacle

What is a Self-Testing GFCI?


What are some benefits of tamper resistant GFCI Outlets?

GFCI electrical outlet child safety featuresAs required by the 2008 national electrical code, tamper resistant GFCI’s should be installed in any new construction or renovation. How Do I Install A GFCI Receptacle?

Tamper resistant receptacles, commonly known as TRR, can help protect from electrical shock, injury, or even death. They were originally constructed to create a permanent solution to children tampering with the outlets. Which GFCI Do I Use and Where?

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Each TRR outlet has an internal shutter that blocks foreign objects from being inserted into the outlet. The shutter remains closed when foreign objects are inserted, and only opens when a two–prong electrical plug is inserted. How Often Should You Test Your Outlets?


When shopping for a tamper resistant receptacle just look for the TR or TRR in the label or product description.

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