Not a fan of electric shocks, well safety switches are your insurance against electrocution and are designed to prevent injury or death.
Safety switches are mandatory on all power circuits and recommended on lighting circuits. As a general rule, electrical equipment should only be used when connected to a safety switch.
Safety switches monitor the flow of electricity through a circuit. They automatically shut off the electricity supply when current is detected leaking from faulty switches, wiring or appliances. This stops the chance of current flowing to earth through a person and electrocuting them.
Regular testing of your safety switches by an electrician is a good way to ensure your family or staff’s safety. Keep in mind though that the use of safety switches doesn’t mean you can be less careful when using electricity – you should always consider how you are using electricity in your home or business to ensure it is as safe as possible. Some further hints on electrical safety are provided in tip #73.3 and #73.4.
Installing a safety switch is an inexpensive safety measure that protects everyone. For more information read the Queensland Government Safety switch saves lives brochure.