Safety First: The Importance of Residual Current Devices
Safety switches are vital devices that every household needs to protect themselves from electrical accidents. A safety switch is a device that turns off the electricity whenever there is a fault detected. It is designed for the purpose of preventing damages that can occur from the result of electric shocks. Think of instances such as faulty appliances, or children playing with sockets, or even just lack of basic maintenance.
These are all examples of when residents can suffer from electrical shock and potentially affect houses by blowing up the switchboard, or damage the wiring. If you need to ensure the protection of your home and family from electrical accidents, check that you have a safety switch installed in your property as soon as you can.
There are different types that can be put in place, with each offering a different layer of protection. Safety switches can only be installed by a licensed electrician. If you are living in Sydney, and need assistance with installing or maintaining safety switches, call Electrician To The Rescue and we would be more than happy to help.
Safety Switches – A Must Have for Homes and Businesses
Safety switches are also known as Residual Current Devices (or ’RCDs’). The importance of the RCD has been ratified into NSW Workplaces legislation, where it is essential for all workplaces to install a safety switch for each powerpoint. This law was passed in February 2014 in order to protect employees of organisations from serious injury or electric shocks.
Electrical shocks can occur anytime, from a variety of problems. Reports indicate that a lot of causes can be traced back to faulty appliances in the household, which can trigger charge in electricity and therefore cause shocks when the appliance is mishandled. There have also been issues with children playing with power outlets, where their fascination outweighs their understanding of the danger that could arise. This is why that all residential properties in NSW require at least one RCD in the lighting and power circuits, to ensure a minimal level of protection.
Installing a safety switch prevents a whole host electrical problems relating to current and power surges. It is a multi-layered method of protection that could save your home from damage to your property and avoid your family being at risk of electrocution. Our electrician in Sydney is fully experienced at this type of service, and installation of safety switches is backed by a 100% lifetime labour warranty for your peace of mind.
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A lot of houses and properties built prior to 1977 are highly unlikely to have had RCDs installed during their construction. That’s why there are still many households in Sydney that are unfamiliar with the need for RCDs and what type of device is best suited to install in their property.
There are three types of residual current devices that can be used in households. The safest and the most complete form of protection is offered by the Switchboard RCD, which sits on the switchboard monitoring the circuits of all electrical sockets and appliances. This is by far the safest solution, but in order for it to operate safely and effectively it must be installed by a licensed electrician.
The second type is known as a power point RCD, which is an in-built device in the socket outlet that provides protection for equipment relying on those outlets as sources of power. This must also be installed by a licensed electrician to ensure safe operation.
The third option available is the portable RCD. This is a mobile device that can be plugged into any socket. These are suitable for monitoring appliances in high risk areas such as workshops, outdoors or in wet or damp locations. They should be used where RCD protection is not already provided or is unknown.
Electrician To The Rescue: The Safety Switch Specialist Sydney Trusts
Electrician To The Rescue can supply and install safety switches in Sydney at any time of the day or night. We are fully licensed electricians, and have been offering our services for over 30 years in the local neighbourhood.
Electrician To The Rescue is always ready to help, and our safety switch services guarantee you peace of mind and confidence knowing that your RCD is protecting you from a range of power problems and other electrical issues. Not only that, but everything we do is backed by our lifetime labour warranty.
If you would like this, or any other electrical service done in your home, simply give us a call. We are on call 24/7, or you can contact us online through our website and receive a $50 discount! Our team is made up of the most dedicated, experienced, and friendly electricians in Sydney. Call us today on 1800 893 218 and find out more!