Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


Anacortes Home Inspection (King of the House): Tiny Fingers Do The Walking

Over and over again, as a home inspector, I see easily accessed outlets and light switches that have no covers. If a home is older, it seems that is very often the case. In fact, there should be covers on ALL of the switches, junction boxes or outlets in a home. The worst offenders are connections in basement areas and garages. The rest of the house might be okay, but look out for those lesser-traveled spots. The biggest risk is plain old shock hazard. Especially young kids are likely to stick their fingers in these boxes and a shock is the logical conclusion. Just remember, if you are a realtor, to have your clients put covers on all the visible outlets, switches and junction boxes.

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Steven L. Smith


Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 3 commentsSteven L. Smith • September 27 2007 01:03PM


Steve, this is a very good post.  I had a situation where our inspection revealed a few open circuit boxes in the garage, basement and a open electrical switch in the bonus room closet. The seller had four children under the age of 10. When I voiced the concern with the agent and seller, we were told the father never got around to covering up the boxes even after one of his children and a friend were mildly shocked from pushing a broom stick into the exposed garage box. 

I am unsure why individuals can not comprehend the danger this raises.    

Posted by MarQuis Rhodes (MarQuis Real Estate Group/Boise River Properties) over 11 years ago

Marquis. It seems pretty obvious to me too, but I guess not.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 11 years ago
YIKES!!!!  It would seem common sense would prevail... expecially with young ones around.. Thanks for the post
Posted by Debi Wright ( over 11 years ago