Not many people realise exactly how common electrical accidents are; some of these accidents lead to hospitalisation while others can be fatal. The aspect to keep in view here is that most of these accidents are preventable and all it needs is the installation of safety switches. While it is now a requirement for all new build homes to have safety switches, older homes don’t have these features and it’s important that property owners have a better understanding about what these features are and how they help. The experts at Quick Connect Electrical have put together this basic guide that will help you understand more about safety switches.
What are safety switches?
Safety switches are devices that are able to instantaneously detect when there is any electricity leakage and it cuts off the flow at the source at that very moment. This may occur when a person accidentally makes contact with the current or it detects that there is a potential threat of leakage. This device is simple but can prove to be invaluable in saving lives.
Understanding how many safety switches you need
Most people get these switches installed only on main power circuits. While that does provide a certain level of protection, it isn’t a guarantee of total protection. The one way to guarantee a higher degree of protection is to get safety switches installed in all circuits across the property; you need to have these fitted on your hot water system, lights and control panels etc.
Never turn safety switch installation into a DIY project
This job is a specialised one and it’s important that you don’t turn it into a DIY activity unless you have undergone some electrical training and have certification for it. Only a licensed electrician should handle safety switch installation; they will also provide advice on where these features need to be installed. Fortunately, safety switches aren’t expensive but the cost of the installation would be dependent on the number of switches that need to be installed and the size of the property as well.
How to test these switches
Once the switches have been installed, you can test whether they work or not. While there are many different models and makes of safety switches, they all have a “test” button which can be pressed to check whether they function well. If the switch is working as it should, it should trip the electrical circuit it’s been connected to and then you simply reset the switch. If you find that it isn’t working, call us without delay.
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