I regularly attend properties for quote visits in and around Belfast, Dundonald and surrounding areas and I am never surprised to find old fuse boxes with no RCD protection in what I would describe as some very well-maintained homes and buildings.
Usually, the owners are unaware of this situation as the electrics have never given any bother, but just because it works does not mean it is safe…
It is usually when customer requests additional works such as extra sockets or a new electric shower or external power supply that I must deliver the bad news that there will be additional costs to make sure I can do my job properly and keep the property and users safe from the dangers of electrical faults. Nine times out of ten this would require a new fuse board in order to comply with the IET wiring regulations that detail all requirements for electrical installations. Sometimes when I explain this, the customer will agree to the additional works but a lot of the time most people do not want the extra costs and therefore decide not to proceed with the work. The problem is that they do not know if the current setup is safe and could be putting themselves at risk.
This is why I would like to explain the benefits of having the correct residual current device(s) for the installation.
Residual current devices (RCDs) are an important safety feature that can help protect you and your family from electrical accidents. They are designed to automatically cut off in milliseconds the electricity supply in the event of a fault, such as a current leak or an electrical shock.
Why Install an RCD?
Here are a few reasons why it is important to have an RCD installed in your home or business:
1. Protection against electrical shocks: RCDs can help protect you from electrical shocks by automatically cutting off the electricity supply if it detects an electrical fault. This can be especially important if you have children or pets in your home, as they may be more vulnerable to electrical accidents.
2. Prevention of electrical fires: RCDs can also help prevent electrical fires by cutting off the electricity supply in the event of a fault. This can be especially important if you have older wiring or appliances, as they may be more prone to electrical issues.
3. Peace of mind: Having an RCD installed in your home or business can give you peace of mind knowing that you are protected against electrical accidents and fires.
Overall, residual current devices are a simple and effective way to increase the safety of your home or business. If you are concerned about the safety of your electrical system, consider having an RCD installed by a registered electrician.
At N.Brown Electrical Belfast, our team of experienced electricians can help ensure that your home or business is properly equipped with the necessary safety features to keep you and your loved ones safe. Contact us today.