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Prevent fatal electrical incidents by installing safety switches

Published: October 27, 2020 Last Updated: October 28, 2020

A safety switch can save your life

Did you know that every year around 15 people in Australia are killed due to electrical shocks, while 300 are hospitalised due to electrical injuries? It is a sad statistic but one that can be avoided with the installation of RCDs or safety switches.

According to research conducted into the causes of electrical incidents in South Australia, finds uncovered that many could be easily prevented by the installation of RCD/Safety Switches. Electricity is dangerous and often taken for granted as it has become such an ingrained part of our lives. So if you haven’t tested your safety switch in a while, test them today. It is recommended to test the safety switches every 3 months. Also, ensure you have safety switches installed on all the electrical circuits.

Safety switches in switchboard

Difference between Safety Switch and Circuit Breakers

Safety switch protects people from serious injury and electrocution from electric shocks due to a fault in the electrical circuit. They monitor the electrical current and shut off the power in merely 0.03 seconds.

However, circuit breakers protect the electrical wiring and appliances from damage caused by short circuit or overloading. If you observe your switchboard, you will notice that safety switches have a Test Button labelled as T while circuit breakers do not have any.

How to test a safety switch?

  1. Locate the safety switch on your switchboard.
  2. Press the T button.
  3. The safety switch should automatically trip to the off position.
  4. Reset the safety switch by pushing it back to the ON position.

If the safety switch doesn’t reset, call a licensed electrician to assess the issue.

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