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    Electrical safety solutions

    The safety of your customers and their families is your constant concern. It is also at the heart of our business. Together, we can contribute to reducing electricity-related hazards through day-to-day actions.

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Safety first

Electricity is everywhere – in the home and the workplace, inside and outside. So is risk. Be safe, grow your business and teach your customers how to minimize the risk of electrocution with safe practices and products.

Facts

  • 4th most common cause of industrial fatalities in the US is electrocution.
  • 70M homes in Europe are electrically unsafe.
  • 350k People per year experience serious injuries due to electric shock in the UK alone.
  • 40% of fatalities in electrical accidents at home involve children aged under 9 years.
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  • Electrical safety essentials

    Examine five main areas crucial to the safety of your installation.

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    Quality of electrical equipment

    All electrical equipment within your customers' reach must ensure required levels of insulation, in all conditions. Poor quality components can age and wear out quickly, creating a major risk of incidents.

    For us, safety is paramount. All Schneider Electric switches, sockets and other electrical wiring devices provide best-in-class insulation quality to protect users from electrical shocks.
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    Our commitment

    To mitigate electrical risks, our products and solutions use insulation materials that ensure high temperature and moisture withstand and mechanical resistance.
    They are fully compliant with standards and certifications by government-run quality authorities.
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    Appliance bonding and earthing

    All internal and current-carrying parts of appliances like refrigerators, washing machines and air conditioning units are usually out of reach. Yet, if an internal wire works loose or loses a scrap of its insulating sheath, the metal housing of the appliance may be energized and potentially dangerous in contact.
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    Protection against indirect contact

    Securely bonding each metal-housed appliance to earth with protective wire prevents such electric shocks. The protective device (MCB or RCD) trips as soon as the metal housing is energized.
    • The hazard

      When insulation is damaged inside a machine, its protective casing comes into contact with a live part. The metal casing therefore also becomes live. If a person touches the machine, they will suffer an electric shock.

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    • The solution

      Protection against indirect contact can be provided by a circuit breaker if protective earth (PE) is cable-linked to the power source (TN System). If a dangerous current is detected, the circuit breaker trips. The sensitivity of the protection device must be calculated according to the impedance of the earth connections.

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      Safety distances in bathrooms

      Electricity and water don't mix. Or rather, they do. That's why the risk of electric shock is higher in bathrooms, as wet skin becomes highly conductive. Compliance with safety perimeters to keep all potentially hazardous elements away from water points is crucial to reducing the risk of electric shock accidents.
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      Protective measures

      You can protect your customers by keeping potentially hazardous elements away from water points. The use of equipotential bonding between conductive parts and water pipes as well as high-sensitivity residual current devices is also a best practice.
      • Electrical safety zones Volume 0

        No electrical parts are allowed in the direct area of a bath or shower.

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      • Electrical safety zones Volume 1

        Authorized electrical equipment within reach from the bath or shower include lighting fixtures and switches powered in SELV (max. 12V) whose source is outside of Volume 2.

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      • Electrical safety zones Volume 2

        Authorized electrical equipment within reach from the bath or shower include lighting fixtures and switches powered in SELV (max. 12V) whose source is outside of Volume 2.

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      • Electrical safety zones Volume 3

        Authorized electrical equipment within reach from the bath or shower include lighting fixtures and switches powered in SELV (max. 12V) whose source is outside of Volume 2.

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        Residual Current Devices on sockets

        Not only poor quality components can age and wear out quickly – all ageing electrical equipment can cause electrical hazards. That’s why high sensitivity RCDs are now compulsory to protect all socket outlets and all appliances located in bathrooms.
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        Protection against direct contact

        RCDs operate in electrical installations by measuring the intensity difference between live and neutral conductors, detecting the current flowing through the human body. An RCD allows for immediate disconnection in the event of an electrocution risk.
        • Normal circumstances

          The socket outlet is energized. If an electrical device is plugged in, current flows from the source and back to the device, inside the supply system.

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        • The hazard

          In case of flooding, water may rise up to the socket and penetrate it. A person standing in the water can suffer an electric shock caused by an additional current flowing through the water and back to the supply system through the earth.

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        • The solution

          The protection device detects a difference between phase current and the neutral current. If the current leakage reaches the danger level of 30 mA, the residual current circuit breaker trips immediately.

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