RCD fuseboard installation

Why You Need An RCD Fitted In Your Home

Your electrical installation should be checked every 10 years by a qualified electrician, but an RCD is a key safety device that every household should install within your fuseboard.
We all use electricity in our homes every day without thinking about how safe it is. But the campaigning charity Electrical Safety First estimates that around 70 people are killed, with 350,000 seriously injured annually due to an electrical accident in the home.

An RCD is a safety device that helps protect against electric shock or fire by interrupting the flow of electricity when it detects a fault. RCDs are very sensitive and should be installed on your fuseboard to provide the greatest protection. You can also find RCD switches on sockets, as well as on portable devices that can be plugged into standard sockets.

Fitting RCDs into fuseboards across all circuits has been part of the UK safety standard since 2008. Current regulations say all socket outlets should be covered by a 30amp RCD. If you’ve got any installations outside or in the bathroom, an RCD is essential. If you don’t have one on the circuit when you’re using a lawnmower or other electrical products outside, ensure there’s an RCD on the flex cable to protect you if the cable is accidentally cut.

If your home wiring was installed before 2008, or has not been checked recently, it’s worth getting SMD Electrical and our team of qualified electricians in to ensure you have the necessary RCDs on your fuseboard.

RCD’s are so essential, especially when anyone is conducting any electrical work in your home. For any information on our RCD installations contact SMD Electrical on 01782 216911.

When fitted, an RCD (residual current device) will monitor your wiring throughout your home and will instantly break an electric circuit if they detect an unbalanced/leaking current, therefore protecting you from any risks of electrocution or fires. Essentially they will switch the electricity off automatically if they detect a fault.
The amount of current that can leak through is more than enough to cause significant harm to anybody who comes into contact with it, including cardiac arrest. RCD’s can detect these leakages and disconnect the current in as little as 40 milliseconds to reduce the severity of any injuries.
The catch? There are none! There is literally no excuse not to have this lifesaving device installed in your home. RCD’s are so essential, especially when anyone is conducting any electrical work in your home.
There are three main types of RCD’s; fixed RCD’s, Socket-Outlet RCD’s and Portable RCD’s. Each have their own unique uses and benefits, for more information take a look at our RCD guide.
If you know you need to get an RCD fitted in your home or if you want further reassurance over your electrical safety, use our Find An Electrician tool to find a registered electrician in your area.