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Are tamper-resistant receptacles required in unfinished basements?

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I'm replacing the standard non-GFCI receptacles in our unfinished basement with GFCI's. I bought the non-tamper-resistant versions. I've installed one so far, but then wondered if they are supposed to be tamper resistant. I did some Google searching but wasn't clear if code required them in UNfinished basements. They're all less than 5 feet above the floor. I don't want to install the rest until I get this clarified. I can exchange them if necessary. Thanks.
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406.12 Tamper-Resistant Receptacles for Dwelling Units

In all areas specified in 210.52, all nonlocking-type 125-volt, 15- and 20-ampere receptacles shall be listed tamper-resistant receptacles.

Exception: Receptacles in the fol lowing locations shall not be required to be tamper-resistant:

1) Receptacles located more than 1.7 m (5½ ft) above the floor.

2) Receptacles that are part of a luminaire or appliance.

3) A single receptacle or a duplex receptacle for two appliances located within dedicated space for each appliance that, in normal use, is not easily moved from one place to another and that is cord-and-plug connected in accordance with 400.7(A)(6), (A)(7), or (A)(8).

4) Nongrounding receptacles used for replacements as permitted in 406.4(D)(2)(a).
210.52 basically covers all typical receptacles in a home, so yes, if you have a basement with power TR is required unless it is behind a large appliance.
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