Its a basic safety issue, but one that should always be followed. During a recent home inspection in Parker Colorado, I found this outlet in a garage uncovered. Within each electrical outlet is an ungrounded (live or hot) wire connection. Outlet covers prevent anything from contacting the wiring inside. In this case, children or pets could easily come in contact with this outlet which is located less than two feet from the floor and be injured. Always make sure to keep covers in place and secure.