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Updated by Fusion 360 on May 21, 2014
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Worst things to stick into an outlet

Sticking anything inside a socket that shouldn’t actually be there is extremely dangerous. Not only does using wireless chargers and battery operated household items saves on electricity, it also leaves many outlets in the house “free.” Just make certain the outlets are safely covered or inaccessible to children and pets. Most items on this list are common household items that could find their way into those pesky electrical outlets via kids, pets or even accidentally.

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Screwdriver

Screwdriver

Most outlets have coverings that are plastic. It’s that time of year; time to put on some fresh paint. Bring on the spring-cleaning. You’ve taped the trim, placed plastic on the floor, moved furniture and are all ready to go. Your handy dandy phone powered by a wireless charger plays Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger. It’s game time. Wait, the outlet covers are still on! One more step you reach for your handy dandy screwdriver to quickly remove the covers. Did you double check the breakers and make certain that outlet was off? A slip of the screwdriver and ZAP!

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Fork

Fork

Sticking a fork into an outlet not only makes you look unintelligent it also could send you to the hospital. If you want to be eating out of a feeding tube for several weeks in a hospital bed please proceed. In the words of today’s popular meme’s “ain’t nobody got time for that.” No, don’t try sporks, knives or other cooking utensils either.

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Keys

Keys

They are a common toy for babies. And parents love to hand off their keys to the little tykes. What’s not to love? The keys are shiny; they make fun noises when jingled and a perfect size to shove into an uncovered outlet. You can’t blame the kid. Every toddler game encourages kids to problem solve and find out where all the pieces go. Where could a car key end up?

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Scissors

Scissors

Another readily found household item that kids could easily put into an outlet. Even the plastic safety scissors should be kept clear of the outlets. Any item not made specifically to “plug in” has no business going into an outlet.

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Quarter

Quarter

Quarters are meant for gum ball machines and parking meters -- not an outlet! Don’t be tempted to try your luck. Quarters will connect electrical circuit and can cause bodily harm.

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Paper Clip

Paper Clip

The seemingly harmless office supply could prove to be fatal if accidentally or unknowingly entered into an outlet. It’s easy to drop a few on the ground and forget to pick them up. Just make certain you kids don’t make a lovely paperclip necklace and go anywhere near that treacherous outlet.

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Your Finger

Your Finger

Ever heard curiosity killed the cat? Maybe you’re curious what it may feel like. Words to the wise just don’t go there. According to the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission around 4,000 people visit the ER every year as a result of electrocutions. Getting electrocuted can cause serious health issues including, but not limited to: severe burns, cardiac arrest and loss of vision or hearing.

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Cat

Cat

Although it’s comical and slightly morbid to watch the cat on “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” chew on the Christmas lights. However, this does not mean you should try it at home. Your children and Fluffy will thank you for preventing this potential danger. Pets playing with plugged in electrical chords and outlets is just as dangerous and sticking an unsafe objet into an outlet. Using wireless chargers and battery-operated electronics could help minimize electrical chords around the house.

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Writer

Writer

Laura Kovarik is a writer for Fusion 360, an advertising agency in Utah. She writes content for Airdock and many other clients.

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