What Is A RCD Safety Switch?
A safety switch, also known as an RCD, or residual current device, is a type of electrical protection device that is designed to help prevent injury caused by electric shock. This device monitors the flow of electricity in a circuit and quickly shuts down the circuit if it detects any excess currents. Safety switches are typically included in circuits where there is a high risk of electrical shock, such as kitchen outlets, or outdoor lighting. They offer an important layer of safety, helping prevent both fires and injuries from electric shock. If you are looking for added protection in your home, investing in a quality RCD safety switch is an excellent way to keep yourself and your family safe.
How Does An RCD Safety Switch Work?
An RCD safety switch works by monitoring the flow of current in an electrical circuit. If the current flowing through the circuit becomes imbalanced, it indicates that there may be a problem. The RCD would then trip, cutting off the power and preventing harm or an electrical shock. RCDs are a vital part of any electrical system, and they can potentially save lives by preventing dangerous shocks. All homes are required to install at least two RCDs, to protect all power points and lighting circuits.
Checking Your House If RCD Safety Switches Have Been Installed
In order to check if a safety switch have been installed in your home, the first thing you need to do is locate your fuse box. Once you have found your fuse box, open the door and you should see a series of switches. Each switch controls the flow of electricity to a different part of your home. If one of these switches is labelled with a ‘T’, or test button you can be confident that a safety switch has been installed in your house.
If you are unsure whether you have RCD safety switches installed, or need advice on getting them installed contact our team at Act Right Electrical on 0431 588 808.