Policy on Socket Blanking Plugs
Issue Date: June 2008
Reviewed: 30 November 2015
In the opinion of Electrical Safety First, there is no "significant risk" to children from 13 Amp socket-outlets fully conforming to the product standard BS 1363. Having integral safety shutters, they are widely judged to be of the safest design currently installed in Europe, and we are not aware of any incident data to suggest that there is any real or potential problem with this type of socket-outlet.
This position has also been taken by the BSI technical committee responsible for BS 1363.
There is always some risk of electric shock with any electrical equipment and the decision on how much risk is acceptable is ultimately subjective. Absolute safety can be achieved only by the permanent removal of the electricity supply.
Babies and toddlers are inherently risk-prone and should never be left unattended and allowed to 'play' with socket-outlets. Eternal vigilance is the only reliable safeguard in this respect, as is the case with any other potential (and frequently much greater) hazard that they might encounter.