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        Safety Switch

        Save your Life and Money on safety switch at Sparky Direct [ Read More ]

        Discover the importance of safety switches for home electrical safety, their differences from circuit breakers, and their legal obligations. Learn about installation, testing, and the enduring value of safety switches with Sparky Direct.

        Understanding Safety Switches and Their Importance

        Safety switches are critical for preventing electric shocks by instantly turning off the electricity when a current leak is detected. Unlike circuit breakers, which protect the circuitry, safety switches are designed to protect people from electrical hazards. They are a necessary addition to any home and business, ensuring the safety of residents, staff and visitors alike.

        Safety Switch Installation and Legal Requirements 

        The law mandates installing safety switches in new and extended homes and properties sold or rented in Australia. These regulations highlight the government's commitment to electrical safety, requiring safety switches on all power point and lighting circuits in newer homes and within specific timeframes for property transfers.

        Testing and Maintenance of Safety Switches

        Regular testing and maintenance of safety switches are essential to ensure they function correctly. With a recommended testing frequency of every three months, homeowners can quickly test their safety switches using the 'test' button. Proper maintenance also involves inspecting and repairing damaged electrical appliances and wiring to prevent malfunctioning safety switches.

        Safety Switch FAQ

        Q: Can I install a safety switch myself?

        A: No, only a licensed electrician can legally and safely install a safety switch.

        Q: Are safety switches fail-safe?

        A: While highly effective, safety switches need regular testing to ensure they function correctly and can't protect against all electrical hazards.

        Q: How often should I test my safety switch?

        A: You should test your safety switch every three months to ensure its reliability and functionality.

        Q: How long do safety switches last?

        A: Safety switches are designed to last a lifetime, with a standard life expectancy based on 4000 test cycles.


        Safety Switches are also known as Earth Leakage Circuit Breakers, Residual Current Devices (RCDs), and Residual-Current Circuit Breakers with Overcurrent Protection (RCBOs). They are available in various brands and configurations. Check out our large range at the best prices online only at Sparky Direct Electrical Wholesalers.