Safety switches (also known as RCDs) interrupt excessive current and are designed to switch off the power immediately when dangerous levels of electricity leak through faulty switches, wiring or appliances to the earth.
CIRCUIT BREAKERS AND FUSES
Circuit breakers or fuses are designed to protect the circuitry. This means that they will cut the power when too much current is present in the circuit, which stops overheating. They provide defence against electrical fires due to power surges.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
Safety switches are designed to protect people from electric shock, whereas circuit breakers protect the circuitry and wiring of your home.
INSTALLING SAFETY SWITCHES
Electrical installation work must be carried out by a licensed electrician. Each year in NSW, 40% of house fires are caused by electrical faults and electrical appliances. This means that each year, up to 1800 house fires could have been prevented by getting the wiring checked and having safety switches installed. From November 2020, NSW Government agencies joined with industries, other government and non-government partners to raise awareness in NSW about the importance of having safety switches installed and checking them twice a year to ensure they are working.
If you are unsure whether your home is fitted with safety switches or you need your wiring checked, call our office on 9700 9996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your job or quote.