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As licensed electricians in Ballarat, when we visit homes and recommend our clients to install safety switches on all circuits, we are asked more or less a similar question every time: I already have a safety switch. Isn’t one enough?
The answer we give them is “No”. You need to install safety switches on all circuits and here’s why!
One is not enough!
Safety switches act as electricity monitors on the circuit they are installed to. Whenever there is a leakage of current detected, a safety switch turns off the power in a fraction of a second thus protecting you from getting an electric shock.
Now, if you have a safety switch installed on just one circuit, appliances running on that circuit may be safe to use. But what about the ones on which you have not installed it? You should have safety switches installed on every circuit of your home including power points, air conditioning, ovens, hot water system, lights and any electrical equipment installed in the pool.
What does the regulation say
Governments across Australia have made installing safety switches mandatory in all new homes for power points and lighting circuits. However, the law is somewhat lenient for existing homes, differs in every state and does not require having safety switches installed on all circuits.
Don’t become yet another stat
Every year 15 people lose their lives due to a fatal electric shocks caused by not having installed enough safety switches throughout the house.
That’s not all. Over 300 people get hospitalised for major burns or injuries caused by electric shocks.
Short story: safety switches save lives. And yours is way too important to give up just because you didn’t know about the importance of safety switches.
Regular testing is just as important
You safety switches should not be an install and forget thing. They need to be tested for proper functioning every three months.
On your switch board press the T or test button located on your safety switch. If it flicks off and cuts the power, it means it’s working well. You will notice that lights and appliances will not work when the safety switch is off. If the safety switch does not cut the power, talk to a licensed electrician in Ballarat to check your safety switches and fix the issue at the earliest.
Remember to turn the safety switch on once you have tested it.
Nothing is more important than your life and the lives of your loved ones. The risk of not having safety switches installed is way too real to turn a blind eye to.
If your home needs safety switches installation, as licensed electricians in Ballarat we can help make your home safe.
Call us now at 03 4333 9117