Electrical Safety Council 2012

What is an RCD?

An RCD is short for Residual Current Device. It is a safety device that is required for all electrical installations in accordance with BS7671 17th edition. All new homes or rewired homes must now have an RCD fitted.

An RCD is in place to protect you from an electric shock. If there is a fault with the circuit then the RCD will automatically switch off the electricity in the home, ensuring no one in your family gets hurt.

An RCD must be fitted whenever a new Fuse board is installed or a property is rewired.

Electrical accidents happen more often than you think

Every year in the UK about 70 people die and 1.2 million are injured in electrical accidents at home.

Almost a third of electrical accidents happen as a result of people using faulty household appliances or cutting through electric cables when they are doing DIY or gardening.

The good news is that many injuries and deaths could be prevented by having RCD protection - whether by using a plug-in adapter or, better still, getting it installed in your sockets or consumer unit (fusebox).

Electrical Safety Council 2012

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