Important: This report issued by the Health Facilities Scotland and distributed nationally regarding the use of 13A electrical socket inserts being used in social care premises, and the use in homes or residences.
In certain circumstances, the use of plastic 13A electrical socket inserts (sold as safety accessories), can overcome the safety features designed into socket outlets.
According to the Department of Health, all users are required to action the following between 18th July and 1st December 2016:
- 13A electrical socket inserts should not be used in health or social care premises, nor supplied for use in a home or residence
- Any socket inserts currently in use should be withdrawn and responsibly disposed of