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Retractable Safety Guard for Electrical Plugs

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119047D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kotchey, CM: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a concept relating to a retractable safety guard for electrical plugs. The concept provides added safety for the user by reducing the chance of accidental electrical shock caused by touching the plug's contacts while it is partially inserted into the electrical socket.

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Retractable Safety Guard for Electrical Plugs

      Disclosed is a concept relating to a retractable safety guard
for electrical plugs.  The concept provides added safety for the user
by reducing the chance of accidental electrical shock caused by
touching the plug's contacts while it is partially inserted into the
electrical socket.

      As illustrated in Figs. 1 and 2, a guard is built into the
casing of the electrical plug with a spring mechanism within to
extend the guard beyond the length of the plug's contacts when it is
not in use.  As the plug is inserted into an electrical socket, the
internal spring mechanism allows the guard to retract into the plug's
casing, thus  preventing the plug's contacts from being exposed
during the insertion  process.

      Variations on this concept are possible.  These variations can
include any type of electrical plug in which the plug's contacts
extend beyond the plug's casing.  In addition, the described concept
could be  applied to the plugs at the end of any electrical cord or
could be designed as an adapter that is attached to existing
electrical plugs to  add the safety feature.