- Use the Manufacturer's Cover - In most cases, both wall and floor outlets will come with a safety cover that has been supplied by the outlet's manufacturer. Using the original manufacturer's outlet cover when the outlet is not in use is a great way to keep debris from getting into the outlet, as well as to keep people from coming into direct contact with the outlet's opening. When using the manufacturer's cover, read all instructions before making any installations in order to avoid potential electrical issues.
- Use a Rubber Mat - Another great way to safely cover and protect a floor outlet is to lay a rubber mat over it. Rubber is very poor at conducting electricity, so if you were to have a malfunctioning floor outlet, the chances of someone getting electrocuted by it would be lessened if they came into contact with the mat first. Additionally, most rubber mats are slip-resistant, so you wouldn't have to worry about anyone slipping on the mat or pushing it off of the outlet. If your floor outlet is slightly raised, it's always best to use brightly colored floor mats instead of dark ones. This is so that you can call attention to the area and help people to avoid tripping over the mat or the raised portion of the outlet.
- Leave Some Space - If you plan to cover your floor outlets with furniture when the outlets aren't in use, always leave at least three inches of space above the outlet's opening. This means that if you're placing a chair, couch or kitchen island over your outlet to cover it, never let the furniture actually touch the outlet opening. Furniture that covers and touches the opening of a floor outlet could cause debris to fall into the outlet or heat to build up inside of the outlet, ultimately increasing the risk for electrical fires, electrical shorts and more.
Proper and Safe Coverage for an Electrical Floor Outlet
Posted on June 19th, 2012