How does a safety switch save lives?
Safety switches monitor the flow of electricity through a circuit. They automatically shut off the electricity supply when current is detected leaking from faulty switches, wiring or electrical appliances. This stops the chance of current flowing to earth, through a person and electrocuting them.
Are safety switches compulsory in all homes?
Safety switches have been compulsory for power circuits in all new Queensland homes since July 1992. This means many Queensland homes already have a safety switch installed which protects most of the power circuits. However, safety switches may be missing from homes built before that time. The switchboard is the best place to look for permanently installed safety switches. Safety switches can be easily identified— they are the ones with a 'test' or 'T' button.
Are smoke alarms compulsory in all homes?
By law, all homes and units in Queensland must be fitted with smoke alarms. It is your responsibility to make sure you have a working smoke alarm installed:
  • Homes built before 1 July 1997 must have at least one 9-volt battery-operated smoke alarm
  • Homes built or significantly renovated after 1 July 1997 must have a 240-volt (hard-wired) smoke alarm.
What is test and tag?
Test and Tag is a system where electricians will test electrical equipment in a workplace for faults ensuring it is safe to be used by employees. The electrician will then attach a tag to the piece of equipment stating the date it was tested and when the next test is due.
What is a surge protector and what does it do?

Surge protectors are designed to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes and safeguard your appliances and wiring from voltage surges such as those resulting from a lightning strike.

Safety switches and surge protectors play entirely different roles – surge protectors protect electrical appliances, safety switches protect people.

Is a safety switch the same as a circuit breaker?
No. Many homes already have circuit breakers installed. However, circuit breakers only protect against overloading and short circuits. They do not prevent electrocution.
If RCDs are fitted, how can I check if they are operating correctly?
All RCDs are manufactured with a test button. Homeowners and tenants should press the test button every three months. Pushing the test button simulates an earth leakage fault and indicates whether or not the device is operating correctly. Electric clocks and timing devices may have to be reset after the test button has been pushed and the RCD turned back on.
How do you replace a fuse wire? ( for homes that still have semi-enclosed rewireable fuses)
  1. Switch the power off from the appliance being used and unplug it.
  2. Use the correct rated fuse wire for the size of the cable in the circuit it protects.
  3. The fuse rating is generally stamped on the outside of each fuse holder or marked on the switchboard near the fuse base.
  4. Never use an oversize fuse wire as it can cause damage to the electrical installation wiring or start a fire.
  5. Put the correctly rewired fuse into its holder and turn on the main power switch.
What areas do you service?
We cater to customers throughout Bundaberg and the surrounding areas including but not limited to: Gin Gin, South Kolan, Childers, Agnes Waters, Biggenden, Bargara, Elliott Heads, Burnett Heads, Avondale and Rosedale.
If I have more questions who do I ask?
Matt Farrell, the owner of Matt Farrell Electrical, is always happy to answer your questions – no matter how simple they may seem. Simply give Matt a call on 0422504229 and he will do his best to help you out.