Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Electricians in Melbourne give reasons for why you need safety switches in your home

Ask an electrician in Melbourne today about the importance of safety switches and you'll get some helpful advice. At Twin Electrics and Plumbing, we suggest safety switches should be installed in every house and business to protect you, your family and employees.

If your home or business does not currently have safety switches, then you should definitely get an electrician from Melbourne to install a residual current device to you existing switchboards. This will protect power points and circuits and help prevent the risk of electrocution in the home and work place.

Faulty electrical appliances such as electric kettles, toasters, range-hoods, irons, fridges and freezers, are one of the biggest risks of electrocution. Your safety switch will let you know when one of these items has an issue by making a noise, which is called tripping. You can do this by resetting the safety switch, and if it sets off again then you will have to unplug all electrical items from the power point. Then you turn the safety switch back on and you plug in each item one at a time until the switch lets you know which item is tripping up. Once you discover which appliance is causing trouble, then you can simply dispose of it.

Sometimes though, an electrical appliance may not be the reason for the safety switch to trip out. Instead, it could be faulty wiring. If your home is 10 to 15 years old there is the possibility of rats eating through wiring, which causes the faulty wiring.

While you may have circuit breakers, they are not the same thing as a safety switch. Circuit breakers only are designed to protect the appliances and electrical fittings in your home. They will rarely shut off power in the event of an electric shock.

If you think you may already have a safety switch, the best way to determine if it definitely is, is to inspect it to see if it has a 'test' button. If the devices in your switch board does not have a test function, then those switches are probably circuit breakers instead of safety switches.

Once you have a safety switch you need to use the test button three times every year to test switch is still functioning properly. Once you have bought all your safety switches, you will have to ask an electrician in Melbourne from Twin Electrics and Plumbing to install the switches.

A house hold is only fully protected if they put safety switches on every circuit. Gain the peace of mind you need by hiring a Melbourne electrician from Twin Electrics and Plumbing to install a safety switch. 

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