Electrical Safety Switches & RCD

Like all industries, the electrical industry is filled with confusing acronyms, abbreviations and industry specific jargon. While a lot of people have heard of an RCD or electrical safety switches, not everyone knows what they are and why they are important. Let KNP Electrics explain: A Residual Current Device, or RCD is a life-saving electrical device designed to prevent you from suffering fatal electrocution should you accidentally touch a live wire. This can happen when handling a frayed power cord (see our testing and tagging services) a faulty switch, old wiring in wall cavities or ceilings and other places you may be exposed to live wires. It is designed to cut the current to the circuit you have touched in fractions of a second, hopefully saving lives and injury. They have been shown to be over 97% effective, cutting power with little or no indication someone was at risk of fatal electrocution. It can also help prevent electrical fires started by faulty wiring. You can now see why this very important safety feature was made a mandatory feature in all new properties being built in Western Australia after 2000. It is also mandatory that a minimum of 2 RCD switches be installed in any property being sold or leased. They must cover, at a minimum, all power points and light fittings. Sometimes known as earth leakage circuit breakers, RCD devices are commonly referred to as being electrical safety switches, but an RCD has other features and the correct RCD device must be installed in your workplace or home. Incorrectly installed RCD’s can result in a deadly electric shock. Contacting KNP Electrics to install a number of RCDs or electrical safety switches in an affordable way to ensure the safety of everyone at your residential or business property. KNP Electrics Perth Electricians have the skills and experience to install these crucial safety features and keep your home safe. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, based in Perth and happy to travel to any Perth suburb, you can expect prompt and professional service from our qualified and licensed electrical installers. KNP Electricians work with you to step by step offering experienced advice on design, safety and practicality, which when coupled with our efficient, friendly service, guarantee the safety of your commercial business. Call us today!