Safety Switches

All homes built since 1992 must have safety switches installed on power circuits – it is a legal requirement.

A Safety switch:

  • is a device fitted to most household switchboards
  • are designed to protect people and prevent injury and death
  • monitors the flow of electricity through a circuit
  • detect leakage from faulty switches, wiring or appliances
  • stops the chance of current flowing to earth and electrocuting a person
  • automatically cuts power in less than 1 second
  • is your insurance against electrical shock
  • is an inexpensive safety measure protecting you and your family
  • also known as a residual current device (RCD)

A Safety switch is not:

  • a circuit breaker
  • a fuse
  • a surge protector
  • failsafe

IMPORTANT: Check your safety switch, electrical wiring, appliances, extension leads and other electrical equipment regularly.

Installing a safety switch is an inexpensive safety measure that protects everyone.

Testing Your Safety Switch

  • Press the TEST button which should automatically trip the switch to the ‘off’ position.
  • If it doesn’t work or ‘trips’ or ‘keeps tripping’ after resetting contact your electrical contractor.


Safety Switch Tips:

  • Existing lighting can be fitted with safety switches as an increased safety measure for your family
  • If using decorative lighting consider a portable safety switch as an added safety measure

Other Types of Safety Switches

  • Portable Safety Switches – used with plug-in electrical equipment indoors or out

“Every year, 15 people are killed in Australian homes in electrical accidents that could be prevented if a safety switch was fitted on the electrical circuit.” Master Electricians Switch Thinking Report

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