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safety switch disconnect outside by spike electricSafety switches form a crucial part of operations carried out in modern commercial and industrial businesses. Safety switches are very essential as they ensure the safety of employees, operators and clients. Also, they help in identifying potential risks of electrical shock or other electrical malfunctions in the facility. Spike Electric has been supplying safety switches to numerous clients for years. Yet, we have noticed that many clients have a vague idea of safety switches. Through this blog, we would like to address the functioning of safety switches in detail.

Many people confuse a safety switch for a circuit breaker. We will be addressing this in brief in this article. However, the most important topic that will be discussed in detail is how a safety switch functions. This is what makes it an effective option for ensuring the safety and security of a business.

Are you in search of safety switches, disconnects, automatic transfer switches or other electrical products and devices for your facility? Please feel free to reach out to Spike Electric. You can request a quote or contact us online. Our team of experts will be available at all times to assist you.

The Basic Functions Of A Safety Switch

What is the purpose of employing a safety switch? In simple words, a safety switch prevents potential electrical risks and harm to industry personnel. Safety switches are installed within breaker panels. In addition, they are utilized at the “PowerPoint Site” of an industrial facility- where all the crucial and essential electrical equipment is operated.

What about the functioning of a safety switch? It is rather a simple one. The safety switch efficiently monitors the live electrical current which flows within the functioning electrical devices. If the switch notices that the current is deviating from its path, the switch immediately engages and cuts off the electrical power supply. Remember that a circuit breaker identifies circuit overload. A safety switch does not do that. Instead, it monitors the flow or the path of the current.

When an electrical system has a flaw or a malfunction, electricity can start moving to a human body nearby. This will bring very dangerous consequences. Hence, when the safety switch detects that the current flow has shifted its path and has begun to flow into a person rather than the equipment, it identifies this transition in movement and shuts down the system.

Long story short: Electrical current within electrical equipment is supposed to travel in a defined path. If the electric current deviates from the established or defined path and starts traveling to a human body nearby which may result in an electric shock, the safety switch will immediately kill the flow of current and shut down the power instantaneously.

Safety Switches Are Designed To Offer Protection To People

Breakers and surge diverters are very essential for any business, industrial or commercial facility. They provide added safety and efficiency to a business. However, the above-mentioned devices are not enough. Why? Because breakers and surge diverters are not designed to protect people. Safety switches are! Hence, employing them is very crucial to ensure the safety of a business or manufacturing facility.

Reliable Safety Switch Solutions From Spike Electric

Like discussed, safety switches are a crucial element to ensure the safety, functionality and productivity of a business. We at Spike Electric take safety very seriously and strive to supply the best safety switch systems and solutions to our clients. To know further about our safety switch and power solutions, feel free to contact us. We will be happy to assist you.

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Written by: Cole Attaway

Cole Attaway is the founder and CEO of Spike Electric Controls. Spike's mission is to improve the accessibility and delivery of industrial electrical gear for clients nationwide. Spike solutions result in reduced unplanned downtime, less overtime, and greater operational efficiencies.

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