S2SE covers all aspects of Compliance Testing, RCD’s & Smoke Alarms.
We are here to help with all of your household electrical needs.
Residual Current Devices (RCD’s) or Safety Switch
Protect yourself, your family and your home by getting a professionally installed safety switch by a licensed electrician from S2SE. RCD’s are designed to prevent electric shock and save lives. They monitor the flow of electricity through a circuit and automatically shut off the electricity supply when current is detected leaking from faulty switches, wiring or electrical appliances. This stops the chance of current flowing to earth, through a person and electrocuting them. Installing a safety switch is an inexpensive safety measure that protects everyone.
Master Electricians Australia reports that WA has the highest electrical fatal injury rate in the nation. In the past 17 years, 29 people including eight children have been electrocuted in homes in Western Australia. Twenty-three of these deaths could have been prevented if Residual Current Devices (RCDs) had been fitted to the power and lighting circuits. 80% of home owners believe they are well protected from electrical injury in their own homes. However an alarming 40% of home owners are completely unprotected by RCD’s. S2SE strives for the highest level of safety, quality & reliability. We refuse to compromise and use the most reliable brands on the market and only the finest components.
It is a requirement that any property for sale or for lease is to have RCD’s installed on all power and lighting circuits. This law is not retrospective, but as a licensed electrician I recommend that all properties be protected this way. These devices are designed to trip the power within a designated time preventing electrocution.
S2SE recommends RCD’s be tested annually to ensure they trip in the required time. Please contact us for a quote for Compliance Testing.
Mains Powered Smoke Alarms
Mains powered smoke alarms are an effective and cheap way of protecting your family and property from fire. A properly installed mains powered (hardwired) smoke alarm can save lives and protect your home. S2SE will inspect your property to ensure your smoke alarms are in working order, in date (did you know smoke alarms have a validity of 10 years) and are placed in the most effective areas in the house.
FESA are urging homeowners to be more aware of fire risks after there were 592 residential house fires across WA in the past 12 months (2014). FESA report some fatalities could have been avoided if smoke alarms were installed or were in working order. FESA recommend maintaining your smoke alarms with an annual check.
New regulations are now enforced – mains powered smoke alarms must be installed in all rental properties. Since 1997 it has been law, under the Building Code of Australia (BCA), to install mains powered smoke alarms in new properties and any existing properties that have undergone significant renovations. From 1 October 2009 mains powered smoke alarms must be fitted in all existing residential buildings prior to sale and when a new tenancy agreement is signed for rental properties.
When there is multiple smoke alarms installed Interconnection of these devices is also recommended but not a requirement as of October 2014. However it is a requirement in new homes approved and or constructed after 1st May 2015. It is acceptable to fit 10 year Lithium Battery powered smoke alarms where there is no mains power available eg. When there is a second story.