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How to reset a safety switch?

First of all, take down a note on what you may have been using, time and weather conditions, as this information can help resolve any further issues that may arise.

Where do I start?

Most safety switches are positioned alongside their circuit breaker or fuse counterparts and can easily be identified by looking for the “Test” button. Some safety switches may even be incorporated with a circuit breaker to make the most use of a switchboard and can almost look identical to a standard circuit breaker, so again keep an eye out for the “Test” button.

When looking for the safety switch that has been affected, you should find it in the off position also known as the “O” position. If you cannot find any devices in the “O” position, you may have a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. If you still have fuses in your switchboard, it is best to turn off the power to the whole premesis and one-by-one as to not forget which fuse goes where, remove the fuses to check the wire and place back in firmly.

Remember your safety and that of your family is paramount and if in any doubt, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Once identifying the safety switch…

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Contact us if you wish to discuss any of the above strategies or any issues you may find. This is produced as a guide only and any advise given is to be taken with your own personal circumstances in mind.

Contact a Professional Electrician for Your Electrical Problems

We have presented this information to educate the reader about the causes of a tripped circuit breaker – not as DIY repair instructions. If you suspect you have any of these problems, please contact a professional electrician. Gimpel Electrics is an electrician Brisbane southside residents and businesses call on. We’ll be happy to work with you to determine the best course of action to resolve any electrical problems you may be having. You can contact us by calling (07) 3343 4066, emailing, or by filling in the online form.

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