RCDs

How Important Is Safety To You?

Protecting your family against potential electrocution is obviously a high priority. As of July 2008 it is law to have a safety switch installed onto any new circuit 20amps or under or where an existing circuit is modified.

A Residual Current Device or RCD (also known as a safety switch), insures you and your family against electric shock. They designed to prevent injury or death and are installed in your switchboard and work in conjunction with your circuit breakers or fuses. RCDs monitor the flow of electricity through a circuit and will automatically shut off the electricity supply when current is detected leaking from faulty switches, wiring or electrical appliances. This prevents electrocution by stopping the chance of current flowing to earth, through a person. Installing a safety switch is an inexpensive safety measure that protects everyone and gives you peace of mind.

Electrical hazards are often hidden and can be difficult to identify, such as a small hole in an extension lead or a power board damaged internally. Electrical accidents occur in an instant. RCDs are the only device that can protect your family from these hidden dangers and give them a second chance. In the past 17 years, 29 people including eight children have been electrocuted in homes in Western Australia. Twenty-three of these deaths could have been prevented if RCDs had been fitted to the power and lighting circuits.

With the over-abundance of electrical appliances and equipment in the home and office, it is extremely important to make sure your switchboard is up to the task when it comes to protecting your family and staff as overloading switchboards is very easy and faults occur in the wiring which could be potentially hazardous without an RCD in place.

Re-wireable (porcelain) fuse style switchboards, are still found in many older homes, especially unrenovated ones and rental properties. This style of fuse provides the bare minimum of protection for you and your family, however if the wrong size or type of fuse wire has been used, it can cause a dangerous situation or fire.

If you are a Landlord or selling your property, you are required by law to have RCDs in place. Read up about the Regulations here to make sure you comply or read about Energy Safety’s recommendations here.

Get your RCD installed today by one of our experienced electricians in Perth to protect your loved ones today!