The SHOCKING truth about Residual Current Devices (RCDs)

Did you know…

In the past 17 years, 23 of 29 people electrocuted could have been saved if RCDs had been fitted to the power and light circuits? (DOC, Energy Safety)

New Regulations effective August 2009 require a minimum of two RCDs to be fitted in ALL residential premises at the ‘Point of Sale or Lease’.(DOC, EnergySafety)

Has your property been fitted with RCDs? If not you may be breaking the law. You are endangering your tenants and risk of legal liability.

If you are unsure whether you have RCDs installed, CHECK! Ensure that a qualified electrician has been used to install the RCDs and a certificate has been provided.

Once you have had them installed, EnergySafety recommends that each RCD should be tested every three months.


To test your RCDs press the ‘test’ button on the front of the device quickly and then release it. Ensure that there is an electrical supply, otherwise the RCD test will not work. When an RCD works all power is lost to the circuit protected by the RCD. To restore power simply move the “on/off” switch back to the “on” position. (Keep in mind that any appliances that need constant electricity will be reset.)

Once you have compliant RCDs installed, you will have peace of mind, and you can sleep well at night knowing that the safety of your most valuable asset is electrically compliant!

Below is an example of a Residential Current Device



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