Safety Switches

Keep your family and appliances safe with an electrical safety switch.

The purpose of an electrical safety switch is to protect you, your family, and your electrical system from failure. When the safety switch detects a loss an electrical leakage, it cuts off the supply of electricity in as little as 0.003 seconds. Without this immediate safeguard, the electricity would ‘leak’ through to any person who makes contact with an offending appliance, causing serious injury or even death.

Under Australian Law every domestic installation must have at least one safety switch in each electrical switchboard. Existing safety switches should be tested at least every 6 months. Eco Electrical Services Brisbane is highly experienced in the installation, repairs, and testing of safety switches.

Our Fully Qualified Master Electricians always have a set of quality safety switches on-hand. That means whatever kind of switchboard your home or business has; we are fully equipped to carry out a fresh install or replacement on withing a timely manner.

We also have special testing equipment to measure the safety and efficiency of your current or new safety switch. Can your home or business afford the risk of a faulty safety switch? If not, give Eco Electrical Services Brisbane a call today for your free quote.

Safety switches vs circuit breakers

Safety switches are often confused with circuit breakers and fuses, but they perform different tasks. Safety switches monitor the flow of

electricity through a circuit and turn off the power in a fraction of a second if a leakage of current is detected. Safety switches provide personal protection against electric shock. Circuit breakers protect an electrical circuit by quickly cutting power when there is a high current fault or overload that may cause a hazard.

Testing safety switches

Test your safety switches every three months to ensure they are working properly. Follow these simple steps: Let everyone know you are about to test your safety switches, especially if they’re using a computer or recording something on TV – the testing process will cut power to those circuits connected to the safety switch. At the switchboard, press the T’ or ‘Test’ button located on the safety switch.

If it flicks off and cuts the power, it is working. Check to see which lights or appliances are now off – these are protected by the safety switch. If it has not cut the power to the connected circuit then you are no longer protected and you should talk to your licensed electrician as soon as you can. After testing, turn the safety switch back on.

Depending on the safety switch type, push it back upwards or twist it into the ‘on’ position. For circuits with a refrigerator or air conditioner, wait for two to three minutes before resetting to avoid possible appliance damage.

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