Safety Switches are different to Circuit Breakers although people often refer to them as being the same. The Worksafe (Qld) website provides a good comparison between the two –
Circuit breakers protect an electrical circuit by quickly cutting power when there is a high current fault or overload that may cause a hazard. A safety switch is different, it shuts off electricity supply when it detects a leakage to earth. Circuit breakers are installed to protect circuit wiring and appliances, while safety switches protect people.” www.worksafe.qld.gov.au
Most people are aware of the need for safety switches on power point circuits, but only having one may not be sufficient to protect the family. It may be prudent to install safety switches on all circuits in the home to provide protection over stoves, pool equipment, hot water systems, air conditioning and lights.
Our principal electrician Brian Parslow (MRE Electrical Group Director) advises that safety switches aren’t fail safe and it’s important to check them on a regular basis. The installation of safety switches can be undertaken in a cost-effective manner with a several options available to home owners. Also, when you’re buying, selling or renting a property the Queensland Government has a range of laws mandating the use of these devices. If you’re not sure whether you are adequately protected or complying with the minimum legislated requirements, then you need to contact MRE Electrical Group. Brian, Deanne and the team will provide you with the right information and options to keep you and your family safe.
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