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How to lessen the possibility of shock with the mere changing of faceplates.

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It's all about conductivity.  You reduce your exposure to conductive material that may conduct electricity to your body and, thus, you reduce the chance of becoming shocked.

This is especially true if a loose wire contacts the faceplate of a receptacle.  If the faceplate is metal and touched by such a live wire, you are almost certainly going to get shocked if you also happen to touch the metal faceplate.  In this vein, you may want to opt to replacing the metal faceplate with a plastic faceplate.  The reason is simple for this change of faceplates:  Plastic faceplates do not conduct electricity, whereas metal faceplates do.  So, if you have a plastic faceplate installed in place of a metal faceplate, you'll greatly reduce the chance of being shocked should live wires make contact with the faceplate.

Caution: When dealing with any device that requires electrical power, make sure you take precautions before you work on it, including disconnecting the power; in this light, before disconnecting or connecting any receptacle, make sure you turn off the main power, specifically the power to the circuit of the receptacle.  (Again, do not work on the receptacle without first turning off the electrical power to it.)  Be sure to use a voltage meter to confirm that the power to the receptacle has been turned off.

Therefore, it may be wise to stick to using plastic faceplates all the time as opposed to metal faceplates.

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