Safety Switch

RCD Installation





What is a Safety Switch (RCD)?

A safety switch, often known as a Residual Current Device (RCD) is a device designed to prevent electrical shock when a short circuit or other fault exists within the circuit.

It is essential to remember, Safety Switches Save Lives…

The importance of a Safety Switch…

A safety switch has the capacity to turn off electricity within milliseconds of a fault to safeguard you, your family and your home from a serious electric shock.

However, safety switches can only protect you when they are in optimum working order and are correctly connected to a faulty circuit in question.

That’s why it is imperative you have safety switches connected to not just one, but all the circuits in your home. These include, but not limited to; Power Points, Lighting, Air-Conditioning, Kitchen Appliances, Hot Water and more, even if they are on separate tariffs.

When safety switches are correctly installed by a licensed and accredited Master Electrician, you need to ensure you test the functionality of them every three months, safeguarding your home properly and ensuring you are well protected from unexpected electric shocks.

The difference between a Safety Switch and a Circuit Breaker?

More so than not, people are perplexed by the difference of a safety switch, circuit breakers and fuses. And quite often, people deem them as being the same thing, or doing the same job. Simply put it, they are not, and there are importance differences between them.

Safety switches protect you from electric shock. When a current leak is identified, safety switches turn off the electricity within milliseconds. Usually, this occurs when a faulty power point, jammed wiring or electrical appliance is in use.

When it comes to protecting the circuitry, this is where circuit breakers and fuses come in. When electrical wiring is jammed or has too much current flowing through it, they have the ability to cut the power, protecting you from a potential household fire. When there is a surge or lightning strike, excessive current builds up, overheating electrical appliances and wiring. This can turn hazardous in the matter of seconds, as when there is excessive current, household fires are at high risk.

Circuit breakers and fuses do not protect people directly, only safety switches save lives. The easiest way to identify whether you have safety switches installed is to check your switchboard and speak to one of our Alliance Master Electricians.

How to Maintain your Safety Switches?

Quite often, after Safety Switches are installed in switchboards, we easily forget that they are there. However, the key rule to safety is preventative maintenance, an invaluable asset when it comes to electrical safety and safeguarding your home and families lives from harm.

For safety switches and circuit breakers to perform, it is imperative they are kept clean and free from moisture. Therefore, Alliance recommends you check the meter box where they are installed on a monthly basis and ensure the door is always kept closed, minimising derbies entering.

Safety switches are not an ‘install and forget about’ household item. To ensure they are in working order, they need to be manually reset or tripped every six months making sure they have the ability to provide protection when required.

For added safety, an Alliance tip is to use the occasion to manually trip each circuit breaker as well to make sure they are also functioning properly.

Download our Home Safety Guide and Alliance Tips & Tricks on how to safely check your Meter Box for safety switches, circuit breakers and fuses.

If there are any problems or doubts your safety devices are not working, call Alliance Climate Control Master Electricians. 
We are always on call 24/7 and can be at your house in a short time via our radio-controlled vehicles. Your safety is our responsibility, we care, and we are committed.

Call us now on 02 8061 5023 to arrange a visit or to set up a systematic and routine Home Safety Check, ensuring and safeguarding the livelihood of you and your family.

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How can we help with your Safety Switch?

Safety switches installed in a switchboard of any residence or household, ensures the protection of human life when a fault occurs.  When it comes to safeguarding your families lives, safety switches are imperative.

Accidents happen, and quite frequently this happens when power tools are being used at construction sites. Our Master Electricians are certified and knowledgeable in installing ‘stand-alone’ safety switches providing added protection to individual circuits. Vans are fully stocked, and we can have these installed on the spot for you.

Electrical safety is a serious matter, and no one should be playing around with live or inactive electrical wires. Switchboard safety switches should always be installed by a licensed and registered Master Electrician as they have the knowledge and ability to ensure they are functioning as intended.

Alliance Climate Control Master Electricians are highly skilled and trained to install safety switches to either your existing switchboard or the switchboard of your new residence when you are in the construction phase.

If your existing switchboard still has porcelain fuses, we strongly recommend replacing these with circuit breakers before fitting a safety switch. Alliance Climate Control can upgrade your switchboard to provide the maximum level of electrical safety for you and your family.

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Download our 10-Point Safety Switch and Household Protection Guide, or find out if you qualify for a FREE Home Safety Check Report today.

In need of a licensed and accredited Master Electrician? Call Alliance Climate Control on 02 8061 5023 to arrange a visit and begin your journey to optimise your household safety.

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