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Safety Switch

Safety switches are an insurance against electric shock.  They are designed to prevent injury or death.  They work by monitoring the flow of electricity through a circuit and automatically shutting off the electricity when it detects a leakage of current from a faulty switch, wire or appliance.  This stops the chances of current flowing to earth through a person electrocuting them.

In many instances, a safety switch or otherwise know as a RCD is a legal requirement.  Any house built since 1992 must have a RCD installed on the power circuit and if you are buying a a property, you must have one installed within 3 month of the property transfer.  If you are selling a property without a RCD, you must declare it on the sales contract.

RCD’s require testing every 6 months and pressing the test button on the RCD itself easily does this. It is important to do this as they can deteriorate over time when they are not being tripped and could fail when it is needed the most.  This push button test should trip the power meaning it works, but if it doesn’t trip, this is when you need to contact an electrician before its too late.

If you have any question regarding your RCD or you need a RCD installed, tested or replaced, then contact Powersure Electrical on 07 3149 3110.

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