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Safety plug for an electric cord

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004408D
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-08
Document File: 1 page(s) / 300K

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Abstract

In the process of removing difficult plugs, users often end up touching the prongs of the plug before it can be fully disengaged from the outlet, resulting in electric shock. The present invention reduces this risk by providing a safer plug design. The plug design includes a collapsible, cylindrical sheath made from a non-conductive, flexible material such as plastic or rubber. The sheath protects the user by providing a physical barrier between the user and the prongs when removing the plug from the electric outlet.

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Safety plug for an electric cord

Electric sockets cause countless injuries every year to both children and adults. Many accidents result from "sticky" plugs that are difficult to remove from the wall outlet. In the process of removing difficult plugs, users often end up touching the prongs of the plug before it can be fully disengaged from the outlet, resulting in electric shock.

The present invention reduces this risk by providing a safer plug design. The plug design includes a collapsible, cylindrical sheath made from a non-conductive, flexible material such as plastic or rubber. The sheath protects the user by providing a physical barrier between the user and the prongs when removing the plug from the electric outlet.

Figure 1 safety plug for an electric cord

Figure 1 is a top view of a safety plug for an electric cord that consists of a plug housing 110, an electric cord 120, prongs 130, and a protective sheath 140. Protective sheath 140 is shown as transparent for illustrative purposes.