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Breaker reset on every outlet

Forces owner to check for faults before resetting.
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Put a breaker reset button on each outlet in the home circuit. In the event of an ELCB trip, this forces Johnny or Suzie homemaker to actually go through their house and press a reset button on every outlet in the tripped circuit before they can reset it. Hopefully, while they're there - they could keep their eyes out for things like small fires, dead children, smoke, black marks, etc. You know, reasons to not reset the breaker.
Custardguts, Jan 19 2014

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       //forces // [-]
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 19 2014
  

       // //forces// //   

       ..Would you prefer a nice reminder to come in the mail?
Custardguts, Jan 19 2014
  

       Local ELCB's at each outlet would also satisfy what I'm trying to achieve here, which is encouraging ("making" maybe) the home owner actually go to the outlet to reset the elcb. In fact, localised ELCB's would be the ideal state.   

       The problem with centralised ELCBs is you can just reset them without making sure the fault is now safe. They're pretty tamper-proof, but I've spoken to some leckies who have seen some pretty exotic modifications (other than just removing earth pins) to ELCB's and outlets to stop trips - which do not in any way ensure user safety and in fact create serious hazards.   

       What I take from those examples is that people, who don 't understand electricity or the various faults that can occor, won't necessarily apply the requisite rigour when a fault occurs. A recent idea atually proposed autoreclosers which in my opinion is a quick path to the morgue or courtroom (and for some parties both) depending on luck.   

       This idea was to apply "reasonably practicable" safety assurance design principles to the problem of people being able to override ELCB trips in the home.
Custardguts, Jan 20 2014
  

       //They're pretty tamper-proof, //   

       <Omnes>   

       "Oh No They're Not !"   

       </Omnes>   

       // but I've spoken to some leckies who have seen some pretty exotic modifications (other than just removing earth pins) to ELCB's and outlets to stop trips - which do not in any way ensure user safety and in fact create serious hazards. //   

       And why not ? Tampering with a safety device is a deliberate act. Trying to stop it is anti-Darwinian.
8th of 7, Jan 20 2014
  

       That reminds me of one of the daftest things I ever saw at a car boot sale: "Everlasting Fuses - Guaranteed never to blow!" They were basically chunks of six-inch nail, cut to the right length with a hacksaw.
Wrongfellow, Jan 20 2014
  
      
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