Safety Switches, Surge Diverters & Circuit Breakers.
To understand the difference between the 3 main electrical components, homeowners need to know the difference and functions of each – Safety Switch, Surge Diverters and Circuit Breakers.
All the three perform diverse functions but only to attain a goal – to ensure the safety of life and property.
We, therefore, have listed down the Introduction to each, key differences and what precautionary measures should one take in order to use them.
All leased homes must have safety switches as only then a licensed electrical contractor will undertake any installation, repairs or fixtures. This is in compliance with Australian standards and protocols.
The electrical safety is ensured only through a safety switch. If there is any leak detected in the electrical system, immediately the power will cut off which will ensure complete safeguard against any current.
Once detected by a residual current, the safety switches operate swiftly. With no passage of residual current, the contact between the conductor is absent and will lead to a no active switch.
Safety Switch Tripping
As mentioned above, a trip in a safety switch could be either due to a leak or temporary lighting. It is recommended by residential electricians to unplug all appliances and then try to restore power.
This will give you clarity about why the switch tripped off. If the tripping is caused due to an appliance, it may be because it had a faulty wiring or a burned socket.
Always immediately call for a 24-hour electrician or a 24 hour electrical services to find a fault and quickly reset.
Though it may seem similar, circuit breakers do not act as a safety switch for personal or property damage safety. They provide overcurrent protection when a PowerPoint is excessively loaded.
With the surge of electrical currents, a circuit breaker automatically goes off. They can surely be reset to normal and restart power.
You can also consider installing Miniature Circuit Breakers (MCBs) as it is easy to operate and understand the technical aspects.
Another name for this electrical safety appliance is Surge protector – it practically protects your entire house. When there are major fluctuations in voltage, a surge diverter ensures complete safety of home appliances and prevents them from any damage.
In a situation of a storm or lightning which could damage any wiring on your property, the surge will help divert the flow of current and protect your commercial or residential property from a potential fire.