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A safety switch is a device that quickly switches off the electricity supply if an electrical fault is detected, to minimise the risk of electricity-related fires, electric shock, injury and death.
By law, safety switches protecting power points and lighting circuits must be installed in all new homes and in buildings where electrical circuits are altered or added. This law was introduced in 1991, so if your home was built before this time, it may not be protected by safety switches.
Safety switches are also required for power outlets supplying caravans or similar accommodation in caravan parks.
If you are unsure whether your home has a safety switch, contact a licensed electrician for advice or to have one installed