Master Electricians Australia is reaching out to recommend once again that people take a few moments to test the safety switches on their electrical boxes this month. This is just as important as the biannual smoke detector inspections we already do with each daylight savings time change, as a faulty switch can be absolutely fatal.
A safety switch is required on any home built after 1992, but many homes before that lack this lifesaving feature, presenting a grave danger to the occupants of such households. These regulate the electrical flow through the circuits, and automatically shut off when a faulty current presenting an electrocution risk is detected.
Mr Richards said home owners often underestimate the dangers electricity can present, as well as the life-saving ability of a safety switch.
“It is a worrying fact that more than 80 per cent of Australian home owners believe that they are well protected from electrical injury in their own homes,” he said.”
Merely having a safety switch doesn’t mean anything unless it gets tested regularly. It just means people are relying on a false sense of security.
“Our research has showed that there is an electrical fault rate of around one in every five homes and these faults can sometimes be associated with deterioration of cables and electrical fittings, particularly in older homes.
A safety switch installed in every circuit in the home can easily prevent an unforseen and accidental electrical tragedy from occurring by detecting an electric shock and cutting the flow of power faster than the critical phase of a heartbeat.”
1 in 5 is a big number; just picture your neighborhood street. Are you one in the five? Wouldn’t you rather not wonder, for the sake of your family? The safety switch test takes no longer than the smoke detector test, so why not perform one today? There’s no reason to take a chance for something so simple.