Safety Switch v Circuit Breakers/Fuses

Safety Switches and Circuit Breakers are Different Things

It is important to realise that Safety Switches and Circuit Breakers or Fuses perform two quite different functions.

Safety Switches protect People

Safety Switches are designed to protect people from any electrical current that might leak from a damaged circuit. Once a leak is detected the safety switch turns off the current within milliseconds and so protects you from electrocution.

Circuit Breakers and Fuses Protect Circuits

Circuit Breakers and Fuses on the other hand are designed to protect the circuitry from damage due to surges and spikes in current. The following video outlines the differences.

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