Ask the Experts – Safety Switches
Question 1: How important is it to test a safety switch?
Answer: Vitally important. If not tested regularly the internals can become slow to operate or even lock up. They operate in a split-second to prevent electrocution, so need to be in peak condition.
Q2: How often should I do this?
A: At least once or twice a year. Some models need to be tested monthly.
Q3: How do I do this?
A: Make sure all household appliances aren’t being used. Go to the switchboard, identify the safety switch and press the “Test” or “T” button. It should immediately trip to the “Off” position. Now return it to the “On” position. If it does not trip to the “Off” position after you have pressed the “Test” button, turn off the mains power and call us.
Q4: I’m a bit nervous about handling a switchboard?
A: We’re happy to help. While we’re there we can do a complete switchboard safety check.
[Ask the Experts – Messenger Newspaper article 14/3/17]