Switchboards: The electrical hub of your home and office
A switchboard is a building’s electrical hub. All electrical systems run through it so it is imperative that it is installed correctly and safety, and is regularly assessed. If a switchboard is not installed correctly or is not properly maintained, it can become dangerous.
Over the years we have seen switchboards in various states of disrepair and in some instances damaged as a result of catching fire. The maintenance of your switchboard is no less important than that of your car.
The greatest threat posed by an unsafe switchboard is fire. New electrical and fire regulations are in place to prevent this occurring, however if your board is old or hasn’t been inspected by a qualified electrician in a long time, you may not be aware of the dangers.There are new switchboard products constantly being introduced to the marketplace that offer greater protection to our families and staff.
Products on the market that should be considered for your switchboard are earth leakage devices (otherwise known as safety switches) on all circuits. These devices protect you, your family and staff from electric shock and are mandatory in all switchboards, new and old. Each safety switch device has its own TEST button and they should be checked every 6 months to ensure the device is functioning. This simple test can be carried out by the homeowner. A more thorough test can be carried out when next you have an electrician visit your home or office. In commercial premises, they should be checked and logged every 12 months.