Residual Current Devices (RCDs) and how their safety features benefit you
Newsflash… electricity can kill! The uncomfortable truth about electrical accidents is that they happen and are reported more frequently than you think. The severing of electric cables whilst gardening and doing DIY as well as faulty wiring or appliances are usually to blame and are the most common cause of fires in UK homes. One of the ways in which lives can be saved is through the use of RCD protection, yet more than 50% of us (in other words, 13 million homes) do not possess RCD protection.
Why an RCD is essential
An RCD is a protective safety device which detects changes in the proper flow of electric current and immediately cuts power in the event of a fault or severed cable which could present electrocution. A modern RCD usually provides good coverage of all the wiring, sockets and appliances in your premises. It gives far more protection than solely having ordinary fuses and circuit breakers.
What kind of RCD should I have?
RCD in your fuse box – will provide the highest degree of protection to your family and home as it encompasses the entire wiring system of your installation, including sockets and appliances operating on circuits. Often referred to as a ‘Whole Home RCD Protection’.
How long has RCD protection been in place?
RCD protection has been in existence for many years and it is an important development in home safety but, as with most things in life, they cannot guarantee 100% protection. Even with them in your home, it is imperative that you still treat electricity with care. All new builds are required to have RCDs installed but there is no obligation to have them fitted into older properties. However, with the advancements in electrical technology and the increase in the use of electricity, everyone needs to be aware of the dangers of electricity and take necessary precautions to prevent injury or death.
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My electrics keep tripping frequently
If your electrics trip frequently, it probably means you have a faulty appliance or a latent earth-fault in your wiring system. Electrical Installation Condition Reports are a good way of determining faulty fixed wiring and it is well worth contacting us to investigate.