My electrician has suggested installing a RCD into the house. We already have trip switches so I am not sure what the point is (but then my knowledge of RCDs is limited to what the Wikipedia article just told me).

What advantage does installing an RCD have if you already have trip switches?

  • This answer might help. RCDs and GFCIs are the same types of devices, so the GFCI bit would be the relevant part.
    – Tester101
    May 1, 2015 at 20:00

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Circuit breakers protect the wiring from overheating and the house from burning down due to electrical fire.

The GFCI (RCD) protects you from electrocution. To put it in perspective, a 20 amp circuit breaker can pass 100-200 milliamps (0.1-0.2A) indefinitely, you cannot and are facing heart fibrillation and death if the current takes the right path through your body.

The GFCI can sense the ground fault current and shut the power off to save you from electrocution if you bridge the circuit to ground.


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