Safety switches to help make homes safer and save lives

Safety switches could be installed on all residential electrical circuits under a Bligh Government proposal that would save at least 50 lives if implemented. Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said the proposal would make Queensland the safest state in Australia for electrical safety. ?A recent review by the Electrical Safety Office found three in four electrical deaths in Queensland since 2000 could have been prevented through the installation of safety switches,? Mr Dick said. ?We are now seeking community feedback on the best way to reduce fatalities and injuries through greater use of electrical safety switches in the home. ?While more than 80 per cent of the state?s residential properties already have at least one safety switch, we want to make homes even safer. ?This is why we are releasing for public comment a regulatory assessment statement that outlines several options to make homes safer. ?One option could be new laws requiring safety switches to be fitted to all domestic electrical circuits when residential properties are sold or rented. ?This move could prevent at least 50 electrocutions and result in more than 9000 fewer electrical shocks over the next three decades. ?Currently, safety switches are required to be fitted on power or lighting circuits for new homes, and on power circuits only in existing homes within three months of their sale or rental. ?But a review of electrical incidents...

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