True Local Electricians Explore the importance of RCD Safety Switches
A safety switch is a useful safety component for your home’s electrical system. When used in tandem with circuit breakers and surge diverters, safety switches provide maximum protection against electrical fires, power surges and electrocution. This is especially important if you have small children who don’t yet understand proper safety measures when using electronic devices. Here’s what you need to know.
What Is a Safety Switch?
A safety switch is a device that attaches to your home’s circuit breaker. It monitors the flow of the electric current and shuts off your power if it detects any discrepancies. For example, if you are using a hairdryer and drop it in the sink or bathtub, the safety switch will almost instantaneously shut down the power to your bathroom to prevent you from electrocuting yourself. Similarly, if you were working with power tools in your garage and accidentally cut into the power cord for the device, the safety switch would kill the power once again.
Are Safety Switches Easy to Operate?
The answer to this question is a resounding “yes”. Once the switch is installed, all you’ll need to do is test that it is working properly from time to time. In the event that a power surge or other electrical fluctuation triggers the switch, you simply need to flip the switch to turn the power back on after you have resolved the issue. That’s really all there is to it!
Is a Safety Switch Really Necessary?
You wouldn’t drive a car without wearing a seat belt or let your child ride a bike without wearing a helmet, so why would you take the chance with electrical safety. An electrical fire could burn your entire house down or your child could get electrocuted, resulting in serious injury or even death. Is that a risk you’re willing to take? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably “no”. While there are no legal requirements for having a safety switch in your home, it is a good idea to have one to ensure you and your loved ones are as safe as possible.
Get Your Safety Switch installed by True Local Electricians today
True Local Electricians can install RCD safety switches in your Sutherland Shire home. Reach out today for more information and to request a free price quote for your safety switch installation.