How To Test A Safety Switch

by Electrical Safety

Safety switches are designed to save lives and to ensure they can do their job, it is important they are in working order.  Testing a safety switch is quick and easy with manufacturers’ recommending testing every 3 months.

To see how easy it is to test a safety switch, watch the video below.  You will also learn:

  • What a safety switch looks like and how to identify them in your switchboard
  • The difference between a circuit breaker and a safety switch
  • How often to test safety switches (and a simple way to remember)

One important point to note is the difference between a circuit breaker and a safety switch. Safety switches are designed to protect against electrocution and protect people against injury or death.  In contrast, a circuit breaker will protect appliances, not people, by safeguarding against the overload of electric circuits.

How To Test Your Safety Switch

Safety Switch Test Button1.  Identify the safety switch/es and test button/s in your switchboard.

2.  Press the test button – the switch should flip to the ‘Off’ position (down)

3.  Reset the switch by pushing it back to the ‘On’ position (up)

Other Safety Switch Tips

As mentioned in the video, make it a habit to test your safety switches each time a power bill arrives.  This makes it an easy way to remember and ensures regular testing.  If any switch fails the test, contact your electrician immediately.

Sometimes the safety switch will trip itself and power will be lost.  If after resetting the switch it continues to trip, further investigation into what is causing the problem is necessary.  Go here and follow the steps on what to do in this situation.

Lastly, it is recommended that all homes have a safety switch installed – read more here. Safety switches must be installed by a licensed electrician.

If you require more information to ensure your safety, contact PRO Electricians today.

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