What's an RCD?
An RCD is a life-saving device that protects against dangerous electric shock and reduces the risk of electrical fires. It continually monitors the current on both the positive and the negative wires and if there is an imbalance it switches off the circuit within a fraction of a second.
What kind of RCD should be fitted?
RCD in your fusebox - will give the highest level of protection to your family and home as it covers all wiring, sockets and appliances on a circuit.
can review your existing consumer unit and advise on its upgrade to include RCD's.
- can be plugged into any socket and will protect you if a problem arises whilst using an appliance plugged into it.
They are available from most home-improvement stores and garden centres.
(Highly recommended when using an electrical gardening appliance.)
Why haven't we heard about RCDs until now?
In a recent survey a third of respondents said they knew what an RCD was - however, we know that many people confuse them with circuit breakers, which offer nowhere near the same level of safety protection.
RCD protection has been around for many years, but there has been no legal requirement to fit it in older properties. With the increasing number of electrical devices we all have in the home and garden, we all need to consider electrical safety more.Back...