Southwest Florida Electric Inc. is a local, family-owned electrical contractor with over a decade of experience serving residents in and around Fort Myers, FL.
All of our technicians have passed a written exam and are screened through local and national background checks for your safety.
We strive to be the only electrical contractor you’ll ever need and provide a comprehensive list of electrical repair and installation services, including:
- Electrical Repair
- Commercial and Residential Lighting
- Exterior Lighting
- Home Wiring
- Backup Generator Installation
- Breaker Panel Repair & Upgrades
When experience counts, call Southwest Florida Electric Inc.
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Our Childproof Outlet Services
What Are Childproof Outlets?
When many people think of childproof outlets, they think of the safety covers you find at any hardware store, but childproof outlets are much better and safer than those devices.
Although childproof electrical outlets look like regular outlets, they’re anything but.
Childproof outlets feature spring-loaded receptacle plates that protect electrical contacts and prevent objects from slipping into them when applying unequal pressure to the receptacle’s contact points.
What makes these outlets a safer option over traditional outlets is that both slots must be opened simultaneously, compressing both springs simultaneously. So, if a child tries inserting an object into one slot, they will fail and are thus protected from an electrical shock.
Operating Childproof Outlets
The most significant benefit of having childproof outlets is that they’re easy to operate for adults because they don’t require any additional strength or knowledge versus a traditional outlet or other child safety device.
To insert a plug into the receptacle, you apply pressure to both sides normally, which opens the outlet’s cover plate.
Besides the benefit of protecting your children against electrical shock, childproof outlets are relatively easy to install and don’t cost much more than traditional outlets. Even if you don’t have kids, they’re a good investment if you routinely have guests with children over to the house.
Call us today to discuss childproof outlet installation in your home.
Childproof Outlets Aren’t Just For Kids
So, maybe you’re reading this and thinking, “This is all well and good, but I don’t have kids, so why would I consider changing my home’s outlets?”
The answer is that childproof outlets aren’t just for kids.
As mentioned, if you ever have children over to the house, you can have peace of mind knowing they’re safe.
Beyond that, however, childproof outlets are required in some circumstances for new home construction.
Also, many tamper-resistant outlets come with USB receptacles so you can charge your devices while maintaining safety. And these days, everyone can benefit from additional USB charging ports.
Southwest Florida Electric Inc. provides certified outlet upgrades and repairs at fair prices. Call us today to book an appointment or for more information.
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