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Feb 15, 2021

What’s a Wall Outlet Safe?

Are you looking for creative ways to stash some of your small treasures? One fun and creative method is to use a wall outlet safe. At Mr. Electric, we offer premium commercial and residential electrical services for Katy and Houston, TX area clients including wall outlet installations, repairs and replacements. Do you want to know more about a wall outlet safe, and whether it’s the right choice for your needs? Read below for some helpful information and installation tips. 

How Do Wall Outlet Safes Work? 

A wall outlet safe is a fake outlet that is designed to trick home invaders. The outside looks like any other unassuming outlet but attached is a small container that is perfect for housing tiny items. Since outlets are inconspicuous, they make the perfect area to hide valuable items that are the right size. Jewelry, gold bullion, keys, a roll of hundred-dollar bills or flash drives with sensitive personal information are all examples of the objects that can be placed inside an outlet safe. 

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Installation Tips for Your Outlet Safe 

Outlet safes are dupes of the real thing, meaning they aren’t connected to the electrical wiring. That makes this project a relatively safe DIY project for property owners. The first step is to choose where you are going to place the outlet. Use a stud finder to help you find a place that will be easy to install. Then use the outlet template that should come with your kit and trace it on the wall with a pencil. Use a saw tool to cut around the outlet, then insert the safe into the opening. Make sure it is properly secured with screws. You can plug an item that doesn’t get used often, like a desk lamp or extra phone charger, to further disguise the safe. 

When to Call an Electrician 

If you want to use the safe in an existing wall outlet, then you will need to do some work to disconnect the wiring. This can be potentially dangerous, especially for those without professional training. Hiring an electrician for the job will ensure that the appropriate steps are taken to ensure that your system remains safe and effective long term. You may also need to contact an electrician if you got into an issue cutting through your drywall with the saw tool. If you have accidentally cut through a wire, then it is important to get help from a qualified electrician right away. Ignoring this step could lead to unnecessary risk of personal injury or property damage.

Do You Need Help with Your Wall Outlets? Call Mr. Electric Today 

Does the idea of handling wiring make you nervous? Do you need help with a trouble causing wall outlet, or want professional help with your wall outlet safe installation? Then call the experts at Mr. Electric. Our professionals are always ready to help you reach your goals and can answer any questions you may have. Contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment with a certified, licensed and insured electrician in Houston TX or a surrounding metro area community. 

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