facts about Safety Switches and Power Surge
What is a Safety Switch? Safety
Switches can save lives and are designed to protect
you against electric shock. They are not the same as a
normal circuit breaker switch.
are easily identified by the test button on the
front and are designed to disable the power when a
potentially lethal electrical fault occurs in an
electrical device, power cord or cable. These units
can be installed at the switchboard by a licensed
What is Surge Protector? A
Surge Protector is designed to provide protection for
all attached electrical devices against power
surges. These units can be
installed at the switchboard by a licensed
What is a power surge?
power surge is a rapid increase in voltage, which can
be caused by lightning strikes, power disruptions or
major electricity users such as factories or shopping
centres switching large loads on or off. Power surges
can even be caused by switching certain appliances on
or off in the home.
What damage can power surges do?
A power surge can have a permanent detrimental effect on many
electrical appliances, from a simple Digital Clock to
an intricate and expensive DVD, TV, Computer, Fax
Machine, Telephone or Microwave Oven. Even Washing
Machines or Refrigerators and Cooking appliances can
be affected. Whilst it is impossible to totally insure
against this kind of damage, safety measures can be
Be wary of portable power boards (usually
four sockets on one plug-in base). Only power boards
specifically identified as a 'Surge Protector',
provide surge protection. Power boards that have an
overload cut out only, do not provide surge
protectors are not a substitute for Safety
Switches. These devices play entirely different
are designed to protect electrical equipment only.
are designed to save lives and protect you against
For information regarding legal requirements for Safety
Switches in Queensland, click
can arrange to install a Surge
Protector or a Safety
Switch in your switchboard, to protect
yourself, your family and electrical equipment in your
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