Fatally flawed - UK Electrical Safety

#1
Ladies and gents,


There's currently a campaign gong on the urge the government and general public to cease the use of potentially dangerous safety socket covers.


Basically those little plastic inserts you put into your sockets to stop kids playing with them are not as safe as you're led to beleive.


Please take a few minutes to visit the website and make up your own mind.


FatallyFlawed


If you agree please spread the word.


Sid.
 
#2
British 13 Amp sockets have built in automatic shutters to protect against children poking things in them.

First introduced 65 years ago, they are considered the safest in the world and do not require external covers.
...if it's safe to poke stuff into a plug socket that doesn't have an insert fitted, why is it unsafe to poke an insert into a plug socket?

Also, has anyone actually been harmed by these things?

Also, why is Rolph Harris fronting your campaign? I thought he was dead.
 

TheIronDuke

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#3
Thanks for that. I have switched off our electricity at the junction box just to be on the safe side and I shall now write a stern letter to my MP. As soon as dawn breaks. I would do it by candle light but candles are a fire hazard.

National Candle Association: Fire Safety - Fire Safety & Candles

If you agree please spread the word.

Iron.
 
#4
As most houses have an RCD consumer unit it's pretty hard to kill yourself unless you did something chavvy and stupid like having an old fuse box with nails shoved in it.

This means that only the uneducted spawn of poor people who don't matter anyway will die in this manner so panic over.

If they weren't sticking their fingers in electrical sockets they would be accidently drinking mums methadone anyway.
 
#5
As socket covers are pretty much pointless given that you actually have to insert an earth pin to open the live hole up I find it strangely comforting that people who don't know this simple fact are infinitesimally increasing the chances of removing themselves from the gene pool and wasting money.


Not worth getting worked up about though.

Besides I grew up in a house which still had many of the old unguarded round-pinned sockets and somehow I managed not to electrocute myself.
 

TheIronDuke

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#7
I like to make toast whilst ironing in the bath. The toaster just fits between the taps if I move the radio to one side and balance it on the iron.
 
#9
#16
I like to make toast whilst ironing in the bath. The toaster just fits between the taps if I move the radio to one side and balance it on the iron, with the hoover pipe up me bum.
Is it a Dyson?
 
#18
any child who can get past all the safety features and fries him/herself is obviously far to clever for his/her own good and is removed from the evolution tree so ensuring that we don`t evolve to quickly
 
#19
As socket covers are pretty much pointless given that you actually have to insert an earth pin to open the live hole up I find it strangely comforting that people who don't know this simple fact are infinitesimally increasing the chances of removing themselves from the gene pool and wasting money.


Not worth getting worked up about though.

Besides I grew up in a house which still had many of the old unguarded round-pinned sockets and somehow I managed not to electrocute myself.

No, you don't have to insert an earth pin to open up the live hole. All manner of small objects lying around most homes will do the job very easily. And, sadly, there are loads of deeply inquisitive kids who will try. Those safety covers remain a damned good idea.

I've only seen it happen once, and that was an admittedly dumb 14 year old in one of my science lessons way back in 1974. Unluckily it was before the days of RCDs and luckily for me he got away with it. There was a hell of a bang and fuses blew and when asked why he had done it he replied "I wanted to see what would happen...."

He had an unusual name and it googling it comes up with nowt, so presumably he has since tried something else that resulted in a meeting with Mr Darwin.

Grew up with round pins? So did I - good to meet another coffin dodger!
 
#20
"Grew up with round pins? So did I - good to meet another coffin dodger!"

Oi! I resemble that comment!
 

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