|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representative Branagan of Georgia
Subject: Internal security; public safety; public buildings; child-safe outlet covers
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to require that electrical outlets in all public areas of any public building in which young children are permitted or invited, including child care facilities, elementary schools, restaurants, hotels, motels, stores, government buildings, and financial institutions, are provided with outlet protection when not in use.
AN ACT RELATING TO SAFETY OF CHILDREN AND ELECTRICAL OUTLETS IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY; AGENCY OF HUMAN
SERVICES; ELECTRICAL SAFETY FOR CHILDREN
The department of public safety and the agency of human services shall amend all licensing criteria and safety rules and regulations relating to state licensed facilities and public buildings in which young children are invited, regularly permitted, or in which they receive services. The safety regulations and licensing criteria shall be amended to include a requirement that either child-safe outlets, child-safe outlet covers, or removable outlet safety plugs that are larger than 1‑3/4 inches in diameter are installed and maintained in all electrical outlets when not in use in those buildings and facilities. Public areas of a hotel or motel include only the hallways, lobbies, restaurants, and other areas in which the general public has access.
The Vermont General Assembly
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