Protect your family with Residual Current Devices
Residual current devices (RCDs), like ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), detect electrocution currents and cut power off immediately.Download guide
Be careful with the cords of electric lawnmowers and other power tools, always keeping the cord behind your direction of movement. Never operate electrical equipment in the rain. All outdoor power outlets around your home must be protected by a 30mA Residual Current Device (RCD).
Faulty or broken outlets present a significant risk of electric shock. Have your electrician replace any broken or loose outlets immediately. Socket outlets must be equipped with automatic shutters, secured by screws in the flush box and have high shock resistance. All outlets should be protected by a 30mA Residual Current Device (RCD).
Hot water systems, washing machines, and ovens all have large sheet metal surfaces. If there are any internal defects, the slightest touch of their exterior surface could be hazardous or even deadly. Ensure all large appliances (e.g. hot water system) are earthed via the green-yellow wire.
Turning off the light switch does not make it safe to change a lightbulb. Always unplug the device from the power outlet, or disconnect it at the switchboard. Wall switches do not provide the necessary safety conditions. All lighting circuits in your home must be protected by a 30mA Residual Current Device (RCD).
Lighting, alarm clocks and other portable devices can easily be knocked or dropped against hard surfaces. If this happens, the casings may crack, potentially exposing dangerous wiring and other parts. All mobile and other portable devices must bear the ‘Class II’ symbol.
The bathroom is the most dangerous room in the home because when your skin is wet it’s extremely sensitive to electric current. Dry hands thoroughly before handling an appliance, and never use one that is damaged. All switches and outlets in a bathroom must be protected by a 30mA Residual Current Device (RCD).
Residual current devices (RCDs) / ground fault circuit interrupters detect electrocution currents and cut power off immediately. They are now mandatory according to the IEC 60634 electrical safety standard on all circuits supplying:
• Power outlets
• All devices in bathrooms and wet areas
Get safe! Check that your home’s electrical panel / breaker box for RCDs , is easy to identify, is equipped with:
• A white pushbutton
• A "30mA" marking
If there are RCDs fitted in your home electrical panel, check if they are working by pushing the “test” button. The RCD should trip.
If you don’t see any RCDs fitted, you need to upgrade your home electrical panel with RCDs to ensure the highest level of protection throughout your home.