RCD and Safety Switches: Keeping them compliant to stay safe at home
Fuses and circuit breakers will protect your home and appliances from short circuits and current overloads, but only RCD safety switches will protect you and your family from electrical shock
Electricity is constantly running through circuits in our home or business, powering lights, appliances and devices. When the electricity stops, everyone knows about it! Your switchboard is the control centre of your electricity. Keeping the switchboard up to date and compliant will maintain electrical flow safely throughout your property.
Since 1991, government legislation in South Australia requires that safety switches protecting power points and lighting circuits must be installed in all new homes and in homes where electrical circuits have been changed. Unfortunately, there are still several deaths every year from electrocution which could have been prevented by having up to date and functional RCD/safety switches. If your property was built before 1991, you’ll need to check your compliance.
What is an RCD Switch/Safety Switch?
An RCD is a Residual Current Device, also called a safety switch. They constantly monitor the electrical current flowing through circuits supplying electricity to devices and appliances. A fault in this flow can occur from wires being damaged which can cause surges in electricity and be fatal. This happens because when a person makes direct contact with electricity, the current wants to ground itself, so it is directed away from the electrical circuit and instead goes through the person’s body to the earth.
Fuses and circuit breakers will protect your home and appliances from short circuits and current overloads, but only RCD safety switches will protect you and your family from electrical shock.
When the RCD detects an electrical fault or imbalance in the current, it responds by automatically cutting off the power in literally milliseconds. RCDs are life-saving devices.
But they must be maintained and serviced to do their job properly.
Keep RCD Safety Switches compliant and the people in your home or investment property safe
Your home or investment property’s switchboard continues to run day and night, providing electricity to anywhere it’s required on the property. If you suspect any issues with your electrical switchboard, our electricians are ready to do repairs, service or to install a new compliant switchboard quickly.
Remember, most accidents with electricity which have been fatal could have been prevented with safety switches. Therefore, it’s essential to keep your safety switches up to date, compliant and functional.
Give us a call and book an RCD Safety Switch Test – only $149
Ken Hall Electricians are offering a comprehensive safety switch service which includes:
- Removing the cover panel of switchboard
- Visually inspecting the wiring on the RCD
- Checking for power
- Pushing test button on RCD
- Resetting the system
- Connecting the RCD tester
- Trip via testing device
- Ensuring everything is compliant
- Resetting the RCD and leaving the switchboard covered and complete.
The cost of this service is $149 inc GST. Give Ken a Call on 8364 5855 or book an RCD service online here. Our Ken Hall Electricians can quote to replace any faulty safety switches they come across while onsite.