Safety switches vs circuit breakers

February 23, 2016

Do you know what the difference is between a safety switch and a circuit breaker? A lot of people get them confused and think that they are the same thing. In fact they have completely different functions.


A circuit breaker is an automatically operated electrical switch designed to protect an electrical circuit from damage caused by overload or short circuit.


A safety switch is a device that quickly switches off the electricity if an electrical fault is detected. It is your life insurance against electrocution.


Safety switches should be protecting the general lighting and power circuits in a home and in most cases that means more than one safety switch.


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