Your home should have a safety switch installed on the switchboard. The safety switch will indicate if there are problems with your household wiring. It’s important to understand what the safety switch does, how to test it and what to do if there are problems with your wiring.
The safety switch monitors the flow of electricity through a circuit and detects problems that may pose a risk to personal safety. If they detect a problem they cut the power off within milliseconds. It will only work if it is working correctly and is connected to the faulty circuit.
Safety switches look slightly different on each switchboard, but they are usually labelled ‘safety switch’.
Follow these steps to check your safety switch every three months:
- Let everyone in your home know you’re about to test the safety switch
- Press in the test buttons on each safety switch which will cut the power and trip the switch into the off position. You may hear a clunking sound.
- Check inside the home – there should be no power to lights, appliances and power switches on the circuit you are testing.
- Once you’re confident that the power is off reset your safety switches by lifting or twisting the switch into the on position.
- If lights or appliances don’t lose power then your safety switch may have failed. You should call a licensed electrician immediately to investigate.
If you are unsure if a safety switch is installed at your property, contact us at Prokop Electrical and we can help.Only an A grade electrician is qualified to inspect and install household wiring.