Methods of Safety Switch Testing

Safety Switch Testing Sunshine Coast QLD

Safety switches are installed in the switchboard of your building. These switches, also known as residual current devices (RCDs), protect you and your family against electrocution and fires caused by electrical faults. The safety switch should trigger when the electrical current is detected as being interrupted, meaning the current is flowing through someone or something and the flow is not its natural and balanced state.

Your safety switch should be mechanically tested every six months to ensure it is fully functioning and therefore keeping your family safe.

Safety Switch Testing Methods – Electrical Safety Sunshine Coast

There are three levels of testing safety switches, mechanical, threshold and time testing.

The mechanical test of a safety switch is to check that the mechanism can swing across by simply switching the switch. This method of testing is important because for the safety switch to be operational the mechanism must be able to flick. However, this is probably the most basic level of safety switch testing.

Threshold trigger testing is the next level up in terms of testing methods. Threshold trigger testing measures the trip current, essentially meaning the amount of electricity that is going through the person who is being electrocuted. This level of testing is also important, however, it is still not the ultimate testing method for safety switches.

The ultimate level of safety switches testing is time testing. Time testing measures the time that the safety switch takes to be triggered. At Glasshouse Home Safety we have a state-of-the-art device that not only measures the voltage but also the amount of time that it takes for the device to trigger. Australian standard calls for time testing annually of all rental property safety switches so why not use this standard of testing to ensure you and your families safety in the home.