A Residual Current Device (RCD) is a device to prevent electrocution in the home. It is designed to break the power circuit when it detects an unusual power usage spike (like sticking something in a power socket).
A Residual Current Device (RCD) is a device that can help prevent electrocution in homes. It is the only device capable of preventing electrical accidents that are often difficult to detect. These devices can be fitted to power and lighting circuits. A Residual Current Device has been designed to disconnect the power circuit once it detects an imbalance in the electrical current or an unusual power usage spike. It can be caused by the simplest of things, such as sticking something in a power socket. The RCD cuts the power within just 10 to 50 milliseconds, preventing possible fire.
In an effort to prevent serious injury, death, or loss of property, the Western Australian Government has modified and implemented new regulations for the use of Residual Current Devices in August 2009.
What are the requirements for an RCD?
The updated regulations apply to both landlords and people who have decided to sell their homes. When a property is leased or sold, it will be checked for at least two RCDs, which must be able to cover all power point and lighting circuits. It is required that the landlords install a minimum of two devices when a new tenant decides to take up residency, all before a lease agreement or contract is signed.
In the case of homes with continuing tenancy, the landlords must have fitted the new devices before 8 August 2011.