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Boots Plug Socket Covers - or other brands of socket covers - are an absolute necessity in a house where toddlers kind of think it's fun to embrace danger and aren't totally averse to the whole idea of giving them an electric shock by sticking anything and everything into the various sockets around the house. Obviously these covers cannot replace proper adult supervision, but it is an extra safety device that is designed to keep my little darlings free from shocks, no matter how much they want to investigate and probe their surroundings. The Boots Plug Socket Covers came direct from my local Boots High Street store and they came in a pack of 12 which cost me £5.99 - which obviously equates to 50p per socket cover. I think this is very good value and while there are cheaper alternatives, Boots is a name I trust and so I went with it. They certainly don't look very exciting but I think the important thing is that they aren't particularly eye catching to young children and so they just blend into the background and don't encourage them to investigate further. They are just plain white and so do blend in to any white socket background, and they look neat and tidy and wouldn't attract attention for any of the wrong reasons. What I like about these socket covers is that they are easier to remove compared to other socket covers, but only if you know what you're doing and so they aren't any easier for little people to remove. They are basically designed to allow removal of them with the plug that you're actually wanting to plug in - and then the socket cover can be removed with minimal fuss. It wouldn't really be possible for a toddler to work out how to do this and so this is an extra safety mechanism. I think they work really well and I couldn't see any reason not to recommend them. They serve well in terms of their functionality, but they also make it easier for us to remove them quickly when we need to. I recommend them.
With a new grandson now getting about under his own steam, my wife decided that we needed to take some steps to ensure that the little man has a safe environment to play in when he visits. I offered to clean up the dog cage, but received a thick ear for my trouble. Apparently that wasn't what she had in mind. And so it was that when next in town we were on the look out for plug covers which would stop him from poking things in the holes and electrocuting himself. I found some for 99p for 3 in a local discount store, but my wife said that they were too cheap and that price shouldn't be a consideration when safety is paramount. (I hate it when she is right) Before the hour was up, Messrs Boots had profited further at my expense and I was £3.09 the poorer. I didn't really mind parting with the cash because they are actually rather impressive looking items and when we got home I immediately regressed to mischievous urchin age and plugged them in to try them out. Unsurprisingly they were a nice snug fit and I was confident that the little bleeder would not be instantly sporting a Shirley Temple hair do if he happened to play with the sockets. For your money you get a pack of four plain white plug covers which fit into your sockets. We have two double sockets low down in the lounge which required protection - the others are behind one of the sofas and behind the TV so they aren't easily reached. Each of the plug covers has a little bulbous lump in the middle and at first I thought these were for grabbing to remove the plug covers from the sockets. However, apparently not. Just below this bulbous protrusion there is a little plug pin shaped hole, the idea being that with the cover in place at a time when you want to use a socket, you insert one of the pins from the plug of the device you want to plug in into this hole and this gives you sufficient purchase to remove the plug cover. Satisfied that we have a product that is fit for purpose, I can happily report that the little man has survived his recent visit. I sat him down and told him that if he went anywhere near the sockets, I would skin him alive. He's only 1 and a bit so I don't think he really understood. However, said with menace, my words may well have had a subliminal effect - who knows? I'll admit that I still have a lingering concern that a product whose sole purpose is to prevent small people from poking things into holes itself has a hole designed in! However, I don't think Boots would allow their name to be used on a product that was unsafe.
A word of warning at the beginning of this review - I do not have any children of my own, and there are no children living in my house so I cannot give a reasonable review of how safe these are for the intended use of a child safety device. However, I can give a good report on how they have worked in my experience for a similar but slightly different purpose. This pack of plug socket covers is available from Boots and costs £3.00. Boots say: "Boots plug socket covers are an effective way to keep prying fingers away from electric shocks. The special design enables the socket cover to be removed with the plug you need to use Hazards and Cautions The products included in this pack are intended as aids to child safety. They are not a substitute for adult supervision." The plug socket covers come in a pack of four and look fairly standard to me. They are made of a thick white plastic which allows them to look fairly discrete against white plug socket boxes, although if you have a fancy coloured one this may stand out and look a bit cheap and tacky. They are certainly not aesthetically pleasing but safety comes first so that's what I'm rating them on. I am a proud pet owner and have 2 pet bunnies that live inside as house rabbits. One of the things you should do before bringing a rabbit to live in your home is to make sure that the areas they will be roaming in are as safe as possible and remove or minimise any potential hazards. I checked everything through thoroughly, and was particularly vigilant about low lying areas that would be within easy reach of little bunny paws and jaws. Some people might be amused by the Bunny Suicides cartoon book but they always made me feel a bit sad and I wouldn't ever want an accident to cause harm to my baby bunnies so I took particular care to ensure that any electrical outlets were made safe. Anything that can be nibbled or chewed, or scratched at could be a potential danger. In addition to shaping a metal casing to go around the wiring, I needed something that would block off access to the plug sockets. These plug socket covers were just the thing I was after, and I was very happy with the price I paid for them. As I said before, they don't look particularly nice but they are different to the standard socket covers. Most socket covers that I have seen are flat white panels that fit very closely and can be difficult to move. The clever design feature that these covers uses is a raised dome that protrudes out from the socket. It still fits into the plug socket in the ordinary manner, with three plastic pins arranged in the right layout to fit into a standard British plug socket. The neat dome shape is broken by a small slit at the underside, which allows you to remove the socket covers easily when you need to make use of them. This is done very quickly with no fuss and no hassle, all you have to do is insert the large pin from a plug into the slot in the dome. I do this by rotating the plug so that it is upside down with the largest single pin at the bottom. Then once the pin is positioned in the slot you simply level it across and angle down slightly and then the socket cover slides out. This is a really great cover that is functional and practical for my needs. I can rest assured that the sockets are covered safely, but then when I need to vacuum up all that loose bunny hair all I need to do is pop the cover out with the end of the plug on the vacuum cleaner and then I can get straight on with the job. As soon as I've finished with the vacuuming then I can pop the cover back into place again and it stays just as firmly as it did before. I have never experienced any problems with these socket covers, they stay in position firmly and cannot be removed by pulling of knocking, they must be purposely levered out, which is something that my bunnies are unlikely to master. They are hardwearing, durable, and provide peace of mind and a safe environment. The 5 stars are well deserved and I would recommend these covers as they have done a great job.