“I normally refuse to join in campaigns but this seemed so important, and the ‘safety’ covers so absurd and dangerous, that I agreed” Author, TV presenter & Patron of FatallyFlawed Dr Adam Hart-Davis
“Sockets in the UK are designed to keep people safe. Our UK design has been better than the majority of other countries, for many years. Socket covers are an absolute con and totally unnecessary.” Engineering, Maths and Science presenter on TV FatallyFlawed Supporter Johnny Ball
IMPORTANT: This information applies to BS 1363 sockets only
As the number of reviews we hold has grown, we have reorganised them into separate pages.
In every case our test socket’s shutters are opened by the upside down cover.
All covers are the wrong size to properly fit a socket.
This is the rear view of a partially disassembled typical socket.
The shutter mechanism can be clearly seen, an earth pin has been inserted into the socket on the left, the shutters which normally cover the power sockets have opened. There is nothing inserted on the right and the shutters are closed.
The bottom line is: Safety is designed into UK sockets - plug in covers reduce safety!