Does your safety switch work. You need to know it will work when needed. To do this you need to test it regularly.


safety switch


All electrical circuits in newly built homes under the Building Code of Australia require safety switches to be fitted to all circuits supplying power outlets and lighting. Indeed we suggest that you do not take possession of a newly built house until fitted.

Older homes often do not have to have safety switches installed. There is no legislation requiring  them to be provided when a house changes hands. It makes absolute good sense to do so. A life could be spared in the event of an electrical failure.

Having it installed however is only the first step. You should regularly test any safety switch you might have to ensure it in fact works. We have occasionally found during a prepurchase inspection that the switch IS faulty. And a faulty switch is no different to not having a switch. Your life is at risk.

Safety switches in your home should be tested at least once or twice a year. We recommend preferably every 3 months to ensure they are in good working order. An easy way to remember is to test them when you change your clock for daylight saving.

You can test a safety switch by pressing the ‘Test’ or ‘T’ button. The safety switch should immediately trip to the ‘Off’ position. You will then need to return the switch to the ‘On’ position.

If your safety switch does not trip to the ‘off’ position after you have pressed the ‘Test’ button, turn off the power immediately and call a licensed electrician. The same applies if you cannot reset the switch afterwards.

If it trips again you can proceed to identify where the fault lies by turning all electrical equipment in the house off and plugging each back on in turn until it trips again. Doing this can isolate a particular faulty device that should be removed. If this fails ….. call that electrician.