Does your home have RCD protection?

Does your home have RCD protection?

As we are all aware, electricity kills. Government statistics show that faulty electrical wiring and products cause most fires in UK homes. Electricity is now the major cause of accidental fires in UK homes. Most of these accidents could be prevented by RCD protection, yet more than half of the population – that’s 13 million homes – don’t have it.

Plug Into Safety

Precautions that can be taken to avoid fires include the following:

  • Avoid using faulty or damaged electrical appliances, lighting and switches
  • Consider upgrading to a modern fusebox (consumer unit) with built in RCD protection
  • Utilise plug in RCD devices, available from us

If you have any doubts about electrical safety in your home or if your electrics keep tripping, contact us for a free no obligation quote for a consumer unit upgrade or any necessary remedial work that may be necessary.

What exactly is an RCD?

An RCD (Residual Current Device) is a life-saving device that protects against dangerous electric shock and reduces the risk of electrical fires.

What kind of RCD should I fit?

  • RCD in fusebox (consumer unit) – will give the highest level of protection to your family and home as it covers all wiring, sockets and appliances on circuits.
  • Plug in RCD – can be plugged in to any socket and will protect you if a problem arises when using a particular appliance.

Why have I not heard about RCD’s before?

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 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. The Electrical Safety Council (www.esc.org.uk) is running a campaign to cut the number of people killed or injured by electrical accidents by getting more of us to fit RCD protection at home.

For further information on electrical heating systems, contact Matrix Electrical Services on 01626 818280 or email info@matrixelectricalservices.co.uk

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