Safety Switches - RCD (Residual Current Device)

Safety Switches - RCD (Residual Current Device)

Is your family protected from an electrical shock?


If your home has safety switches installed on all circuits, then your family will be safe.  Safety switches will trip (turn power off) before enough power can flow to cause electrocution. 

Statutory rules and regulations have changed and safety switches must now be installed when you are renting, selling, or making additions/alterations to existing properties.  It is recommended that a safety switch should be installed on each circuit in your home. 

To take the worry out of whether or not your family is fully protected, please call or contact us and we can provide you with all the information you need.

The Electrical Safety Office recommends a push-button test of safety switches every three months. Your 3-monthly electricity bill is a good reminder to test your safety switches in the switchboard on a regular basis, or even put a reminder in your mobile phone.  To make sure they are working, just press the in-built test button on each safety switch and the switch should trip that circuit (flip from on to off).  Be aware that you will temporarily lose power during this process.  If this doesn’t happen, call us to repair. Also for circuits with a large appliance such as an air conditioner or refrigerator or even computers, wait at least two or three minutes before you re-set the switch to avoid possible damage to the appliance.

Taylor Electrical Services recommends that safety switches be tested by a licensed electrician on a bi-annual basis to ensure current trip values and trip times are within limits and more importantly, that it is working correctly under actual conditions to keep your family safe. Contact us to arrange an appointment.