We are often asked why houses need a safety switch installed when they already have circuit breakers. The thing to remember is that safety switches save you while circuit breakers save your house.
Safety switches monitor the flow of electricity through a circuit and when they detect a problem switch off in less than a heartbeat. The speed of the safety switch is what saves lives.
The most common causes of safety switches being triggered are:
- Faulty appliances (common culprits are toasters, kettles, dishwashers, fridges, pool pumps and hairdryers)
- Hammering a nail into a wall and hitting a wire
- Termites or ants getting into a power socket and tripping the circuit
- Faulty electrical wiring
- Rats or possums nibbling your wiring
- Water getting into your wiring, outside power sockets, lights or roof during a storm
These are everyday occurrences in all family homes and without a safety switch installed, you are putting yourself and your family at risk.
Which circuits need a safety switch installed?
Often people have a safety switch installed on their power circuit, but they miss installing one on the lighting circuit. While this is a great start, lighting circuits are the hidden danger zone for pest and rain damage.
To keep you, your family and any trades you have working around your house safe, we recommend also installing a safety switch on your lighting circuit.
If you need to install a safety switch or are having hassles with a tripping safety switch, give Tradesmen on Time a call and we will talk you through your options.