Does your home need a safety switch?

Circuit breakers and fuses only protect the wiring and appliances in your home from being damaged, they don’t protect people from being electrocuted. Installing a safety switch, also known as Residual Current Devices (RCD), in your switchboard is one of the cheapest, easiest and most effective ways to minimise the risk to you and your family of being electrocuted in your own home.  

How do they work?
Safety switches monitor the flow of electricity through the electrical circuits in your home. When they detect current leaking from faulty switches, wiring or electrical appliances, they will automatically shut down the electricity supply to that circuit within 300 milliseconds. That's fast enough to reduce the risk of serious injury or death to you or a family member from electrocution - without them even realising they were in danger.

Are they mandatory?
Yes. Safety switches have been mandatory in all new homes built in Victoria since 1991. They are also required to be installed into any home when an additional powerpoint and/or lighting fixutre is installed.

How do you know if you have one installed already?
You need to look inside your switchboard. Safety switches are made by a variety of different manufactuerers so they don't all look the same. Sometimes the switch and test buttons are blue, but not all the time. Generally the word SAFETY SWITCH will be written beneath the switch and test button. If you are not sure if you have one or not, take a photo of the inside of your switchboard and email it to yarraville@laserelectrical.com.au and we'll let you know.

How do you know if you have one installed already?
It's not a do-it-yourself job. It's illegal to install your own safety switch. They can only be installed by a licensed electrician. So call 1300 761 024 or email us today yarraville@laserelectrical.com.au for a FREE quote to install or upgrade your safety switch.

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