Safety switches monitor the flow of electricity through a circuit. They automatically shut off the electricity supply when current is detected leaking from faulty switches, wiring or appliances. This stops the chance of current flowing to earth through a person and electrocuting them.
You should regularly check your safety switch. Just like a smoke detector or other safety device, it cannot protect you if it is not working properly.
It is also important to make sure your electrical appliances, electrical wiring, extension leads and other electrical equipment are regularly checked and kept in good working order.
To test a safety switch:
- Press the test button.
- This should automatically trip the switch to the off position.
- Reset by pushing the switch back to on.
Carry out safety switch test every three months. If it doesn’t work, contact us immediately.
Only a licensed electrical contractor can install a safety switch.