The main electrical switchboard is an important component to distributing power throughout your home or workplace.
Old style switchboards were built using porcelain/ ceramic fuses with rewirable fuse elements. The old style switchboard does not comply with current electrical Australian Standards and is dangerous for many reasons as follows:
- If a porcelain fuse is removed from its fuse holder base, on an electrical switchboard, and not replaced then live terminals are exposed leading to potential electric shock of the consumer(s);
- If a porcelain fuse is rewired with a larger gauge than recommended fuse element then this will cause the protected wiring system to now become unprotected causing possible overheating of wiring leading to potential costly damage to wiring system, fire destruction, injury and threatening lives of the consumer(s);
- If porcelain fuse contacts are damaged or are improperly in contact with the contacts on the fuse holder base then this would cause arcing between contacts under load current causing heat stress to the contacts which pass through to the connected wiring system potentially causing costly damage to the wiring system, fire destruction, injury and threatening lives of the consumer(s).