I found Safety Socket at the National Hardware Show. Here’s how it works: Plug the three prong Safety Socket into an electricial outlet. Then plug the power cord from your electrical appliance into the Safety Socket. Say for example you’re working out in the yard and you plug a power saw or power trimmer into the Safety Socket. If someone walking or running by trips over the power cord a magentic coupling lets go disconnecting the cord instead of causing a fall! Once disconnected, snapping the magnetic socket back together turns the power back on. This patented breakaway outlet is designed to prevent tripping, and to minimize the risks of accidents, repairs, and broken appliances. It could be a great help in households with children and/or the elderly. I asked if there was a way to judge exactly how much pressure was needed to cause the Safety Socket to disconnect. A spokesman at the Hardware Show explained that if there were enough pressure to cause a fall, the Safety Socket would disconnect first and avoid the fall. My guess is that you can’t figure out exactly what will happen in every case, but it’s a great safety assist for less than $20. (Plus S&H.) I found Safety Socket in the warehouse and wondered, was it a success or a failure. I did a websearch and wow!!! Look what I found at Home Depot:
Stanley Safety Socket Adapter - With Break Away Feature - White Model # 155506 Internet # 203406421 $22.97 /EA-Each
Below is a demo from the company that originally came up with the concept. Maybe they still built it and market it under a license from Stanley, but no matter what it's great to see a good idea make into a mainstream chain store.
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