What’s a Wall Outlet Safe?

What’s a Wall Outlet Safe?

October 08, 2021

How often do you inspect your wall outlets in detail? If you are like most homeowners or tenants, then you probably quickly glance at it at most and that’s to make sure you are plugging in correctly. This is why an outlet makes a superb hiding spot for small valuables. Even the smartest of thieves will not think to check the outlets! Of course, we are not talking about a functioning outlet. We are talking about a wall outlet safe. The best part is you will not need to call an electrician like Mr. Electric of Dallas for the installation. In fact, you can even install the wall outlet safe yourself.

Things to Consider

A wall outlet safe is clever and inconspicuous but it has its limitations. For one, the unit is only so large. It will, and should, be the length and width of a traditional outlet. The depth is the only wiggle room, but even that will not be large. In the end, you will only have about 60 cubic inches of space to hold your valuables. This can hold a small amount of cash and some small jewelry, perhaps some valuable keys, but not much more.

The other thing to consider is the material with which the product is made. Many products on the market are made with plastic, which can be flimsy and prone to breaking. The last thing you want is to have to dig in your walls for valuables that fell through. So, when you set out to buy your wall outlet safe, be sure to inspect the material.

Finally, the wall outlet safe is meant to look like an actual outlet, but it might have some small details that give it away. Choose the location for your safe carefully, making sure not to install it next to an actual outlet. That might give potential thieves a hint.

Installing the Wall Outlet Safe

Installation is surprisingly easy, especially because there is no electricity involved. Even the handywork is simple enough to make this a perfect DIY project for beginners. Let’s get started:

  1. Unpack the kit and set aside the parts as well as any tools that come with it.
  2. Determine where you want to install the outlet. Choose a location that is believable but does not have electrical wiring in the way.
  3. Measure the height of the actual outlets in your room and use the outlet template to trace an outline on the wall where you plan to install the unit.
  4. Use a drywall saw to cut around the outline.
  5. Insert the outlet safe into the opening and push it in, making sure it is locked into place.
  6. Use the key to turn the screw clockwise to secure the plate.

All done! You can even plug in an old phone charger into the unit to give it an extra touch of realness.

Installing Real Outlets

If you need actual outlets installed, then leave it to the qualified electricians at Mr. Electric of Dallas. Our dedicated electricians in Lakewood are always ready to help.