Why install safety switches?

In the past several years, a number of people have died in Queensland in domestic situations from electric shocks and other related injuries. A safety switch can help guard against such electrical tragedies. A review of cases of death by electrocution in Queensland in the five years to 30 June 2008 reveals that safety switches could have prevented around half of the 25 electrical fatalities recorded.

Of this number, seven resulted from contact with overhead or underground powerlines and safety switches would not have prevented the deaths. Of the remaining 18 deaths resulting from electrical installations and electrical equipment, 12 of these could have been prevented had a safety switch been installed. Safety switches can have a significant impact in reducing electrical fatalities.

VIEW the below Proposal for mandatory fitting of safety switches on all residential electrical installations in Queensland
Discussion Paper, November 2009