Electricity is constantly running through circuits in our homes and business, powering lights and electrical devices. When the electricity stops, the switchboard will keep the safe flow of electricity throughout your property. Since 1991, the government legislation in Tasmania including Georgetown has required the installation of RCDs or safety switches in homes and businesses. It helps protect properties from sudden change and surge in electrical circuits.
An RCD (Residual Current Device) switch, also known as a safety switch, is a device that is used to protect people from electric shocks and other electrical hazards. It works by monitoring the flow of electrical current in a circuit and automatically disconnecting the power supply if an imbalance is detected, which can indicate a dangerous electrical fault. This helps to prevent serious injury or death due to electrical shocks, fires, and other hazards.
RCD switches are commonly used in households, offices, and other public places, and they are typically installed near the electrical meter or in a main switchboard. They are designed to detect even the smallest of electrical imbalances, and they can quickly disconnect the power supply in a fraction of a second. This rapid response time helps to reduce the risk of injury or damage to property.
They come in a variety of types, including portable RCDs for use in outdoor settings and fixed RCDs for use in homes and other buildings. They are also available in different current ratings to suite different electrical applications. In addition, many RCD switches can be used with a range of electrical devices, including appliances, power tools, and lighting systems.