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New Outlet Sockets, why are they all Tamper Resistant (TR) now?

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New Outlet Sockets, why are they all Tamper Resistant (TR) now?

Moved into a house recently, and most of the outlets were changed over to the Decorator/Decora style, just one room was not changed over not sure why but I'm guessing the prev home owner probably ran out of time? The existing Decora outlets are the standard ones, that do NOT have Tamper Resistant feature so I am hoping to aquire a few more to finish the house, but I noticed Home Depot ONLY SELLS TAMPER RESISTANT ONES. What do I do? I don't want to mix and match them it kinda defeats the purpose, no? If my kid trys to stick an object in the tamper resistant ones but is unsuccessful, they will just try the same thing in another room where the outlets are not tamper resistant and get electrocuted, no?

I want the house to be consistant so any place in the GTA sells non tamper resistant outlets? if Im worried about my kid sticking something inside I will buy those plastic plug protectors you stick in the outlets.
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TR is the new standard and it's the law, so why sell outdated materials? If you don't want TR plugs that badly, maybe swap with a friend?
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if the law why does it not apply to older outlets?

so if I fixed my house up in january bought a bunch of outlets, then took a break and did some in february and went to buy them and they were TR? that kinda sucks, its kinda half ass no?
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I have some old style i've had kicking around for years and your welcome to them, i have no objection to tamper resistant in exchange (i get better outlets and you get worse ones). However i suspect we do not live in the same city.
Why would you want riskier outlets just so you can buy plastic guards which are less convenient?
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thanks for the offer but I will just stick with the new Tampar resistant ones, was just having a fit thats all
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they started this 3 years ago, thats when I changed all the plugs in my house.
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Just like Quentin5 I too have some of the old decora style in white. All from bulk purchase 10 years ago you're welcome to them.

If you want to pay extra you might be able to find/purchase the old style from a marine supply house as the electrical code does not apply to a vessel or take a trip to the U.S.A. I see HD in the U.S.A. sells the old style and they are even CSA listed.
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thanks for the offers but I DONT NEED THEM no more I changed my mind
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Quentin5 wrote: I have some old style i've had kicking around for years and your welcome to them, i have no objection to tamper resistant in exchange (i get better outlets and you get worse ones). However i suspect we do not live in the same city.
Why would you want riskier outlets just so you can buy plastic guards which are less convenient?
Did you ever try to plug something in them as compared to the old style ? They're a POS design and if built better I'd have no issues with TR plugs.

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