Safety switches monitor the flow of electricity through a circuit, and shut off or ‘trip’ when current escapes from the system. Safety switches are designed to protect us from faulty appliances, power surges or damaged wiring. Every home or premises has a switchboard which contains a mains switch, as well as selection of circuit breaker switches, usually located behind a cover in a centralised location. The safety switch is usually associated with this switchboard, though it should not be confused with the other switches. The safety switch differs from these as circuit breakers protect appliances from electrical surges, whereas safety switches are designed to protect people from electrocution. It is a legal requirement for all houses in Australia, built since 1992, to have a safety switch installed.
Follow these guidelines for a safer home:
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