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Installing a plug cover


Step 1. Plug covers are designed to replace cover plates on receptacles where devices are plugged in more or less permanently to prevent children from unplugging them. After removing the old cover- plate, hold the plug cover’s base plate over the receptacle and screw it in with a small screwdriver.

 

Step 2. Plug in your lamp or other device and snap the plug cover into the new base plate. Cords should fit through the slots in the plug cover.

 

SAFETY TIP

Any receptacle is made safer by installing it “upside down” with the rounded grounding slot at the top. Three-prong receptacles are almost always installed with the round third prong facing down, but some experts recommend wiring receptacles with the third prong on top. This is because the third prong is the grounding prong and doesn’t carry any current under normal operation. In theory if something were to fall on a partially inserted plug, it would hit the harmless grounding prong and not the cur rent-carrying slot prongs. Either way, you’re wiring it right, but upside down may be slightly safer.

 

 

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