FACT: 15 people are killed in Australian homes every year in preventable electrical accidents where no safety switch is installed
FACT: 300 people are hospitalised every year with serious electrical injuries and burns.
Having safety switches installed saves lives. It’s that simple. When something goes electrically wrong in your home, having a safety switch installed can be the difference between life and death.
A safety switch is a device that is designed to cut power to an electrical circuit when there is an electrical fault or leak. It cuts power in 0.03 seconds. This is fast enough that the person doesn’t have time to get electrocuted.
What Causes an Electrical Accident?
There can be many different causes of electrical accidents in the home. A handyman drilling through a live wire inside a wall, a child putting something into a power socket, changing a light globe on a fault light fitting, a faulty appliance or damaged cord. Electricity is all around us and while most of the time it makes life easier, it can take just seconds for a life and death situation.
Do I Have Safety Switches Installed?
A safety switch is also called Residual Current Device (RCD) and can be recognised by the button marked ‘test’ on the front. This helps to distinguish it from a circuit breaker, which looks similar. Many homes have circuit breakers installed, however these only protect against overloading and short circuits. Circuit breakers are good, however they do not provide enough electrocution protection. It takes just 30 milliamps to trip a safety switch, compared to 16 amps for a circuit breaker on a power circuit. This can be the difference between life and death. If you are unsure about whether you have safety switches, or you need them installed, it is important to contact your Gold Coast licensed electrician.
Having safety switches installed in your home is crucial for ensuring the safety of the inhabitants. The long term benefits provided by safety switches far outweighs the price tag. It is important that we see them as a necessary investment in our safety. Contact your Gold Coast licensed electrician regarding safety switches in your home.