As the world progresses, so does the technology that we use to make our lives easier and safer. RCD safety switches are one such technology that has been developed to protect us from the dangers of electric shock.
An RCD, or residual current device, is a safety switch that is designed to trip and break the circuit if there is an imbalance of current flow. This can happen if there is a fault in the electrical wiring or if someone comes into contact with a live wire. RCDs are a vital safety feature in any home or office as they can prevent serious injuries or even death from electric shock.
Type A & Type B RCDs
There are two types of RCDs: type A and type B. Type A RCDs are designed to protect against alternating current (AC), while type B RCDs protect against direct current (DC). Both types of RCDs are required by law to be fitted in all new homes and office buildings in Australia.
Prevent the Flow of Current
RCDs work by constantly monitoring the current flowing through the circuit. If there is an imbalance, the RCD will trip and break the circuit, preventing the flow of current. This can happen in as little as 0.03 seconds, which is fast enough to prevent serious injury or death from electric shock.
Test & Inspect Your Safety Switch
RCDs are a vital safety feature in any home or office, and should be regularly tested to ensure they are working correctly. If you have any concerns about your RCD, or would like to have one installed, or have your current switch inspected please contact Hott Electrics for an inspection.
RCDs Are Required By Law
RCDs are an essential safety feature in any electrical installation, and they are now required by law since 2018. In Wollongong, all new electrical installations must have an RCD fitted, and all existing installations must have an RCD fitted if they are to be altered or extended.
Expert Safety Switch Installers
Because RCDs are now required by law to be fitted to all new electrical installations and to any circuit which is likely to be used by someone who is wet or barefoot, such as a bathroom or kitchen, Hott Electrics have become experts at safety switch installations in Wollongong.
Local RCD Electricians Wollongong
If you have an RCD fitted to your electrical installation, it is important to have it tested regularly to make sure it is working correctly. This can be performed during a routine electrical inspection. The friendly team at Hott Electrics are happy to answer any questions about RCDs or electrical safety in general, please don't hesitate to contact the local electricians from Hott Electrics Wollongong.