Re: Upside down outlets
This has been the standard at hospitals in my area for quite some time. My electrician said it is because with the movement of beds and equipment, electrical devices can become partially unplugged, revealing the conductors. Should something fall between those conductors it would cause a short, which would be a bad thing in a hospital environment, so to prevent such catastrophes, outlets are installed "upside down" so that the neutral takes the "short", and the circuit remains unaffected.
IMHO, I think there is wisdom to this theory, however, in the typical household the likelihood of a partial unplugging of an electrical device is slim. In a commercial or hospital application, absolutely, there is the possibility, but residential I'm not convinced.
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