Did you know that electrical accidents in Australian homes cause 15 deaths and over 300 injuries every year. The sad fact is that many of these could easily have been prevented had a safety switch been installed. While it is law for all new properties to be fitted with safety switches there remains a large proportion of properties which don’t have them. According to some sources this can be as much as around 40% of all Australian housing. Although Queensland state does have rudimentary requirements in place, it’s suggested that the government aren’t doing enough to protect their citizens.
So how does a safety switch help?
A safety switch is designed to detect any electricity leak and as such it will cut the flow immediately. This could either be when there’s a perceived threat of leakage or current surge, or when a person has touched a socket or wire or accidentally severed a cable and/or contact has been made. Potentially this very simple and inexpensive device can save lives.
How many does my property need?
At the very least they should be installed on the main power circuits, however many safety experts argue that this isn’t enough. Instead for best safety practices they need to be fitted to any area that has a circuit point within your home. This should include circuits that control hot water, stoves, and lighting. It’s a relatively easy job that can be carried out by a good electrician who will also advise you on where to place them. The exact number of safety switches you need depends on the size of the property and of course the number of circuits you have.
How do I know if my safety switches are operating correctly?
Safety switches come in many different designs and styles but should all contain a simple test button. To find out if the appliance is working simply press it. Once pressed, the electrical circuit which the switch is connected to should immediately trip. If it does, the switch is functioning correctly. If it isn’t working, then call out an electrician who can take a closer look. As for testing frequency….. A quick test once a month should be sufficient enough to keep you safe and give you total peace-of-mind.
At Static Electrics as well as fixing, installing, and servicing all types of electrical equipment, we also carry out electrical safety checks in the home. If you’re concerned about your electrical supply and need advice, then we can help. To book an appointment contact us on 07 5445 8305 and take the first steps towards making your home a safer place for you and your family.