Failure to regularly test a property’s safety switches can result in the property being silently at risk and open to potential electrical dangers. Properties with faulty safety switches attract a fine of up to $200,000 or 3 years-imprisonment. It could also cause serious injury or death to a tenant or contractor. Safety switches save lives!
- The Electrical Safety Regulations 2002 (Qld) mandate all owners / landlords to install an approved safety switch to all general purpose power outlets prior to any tenancy commencing after 29 February 2008.
- The Electrical Safety Act 2002 (Qld) requires owners / landlords to ensure that all electrical equipment (including safety switches) are electrically safe.
The Ultimate Protection
Electrical safety is something that you should never take for granted. Safety switches protect your tenants and anyone visiting their home from electric shock, they protect people rather than the electrical equipment.
Safety switches turn off the power in a fraction of a heartbeat if a leakage of current is detected, preventing the person from electrocution. This can happen if there is a faulty power point or electrical appliance, or if a live cable is accidentally damaged or broken (e.g. a tradesperson doing maintenance on the home).