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Things change over time, and in most cases for the better - including residual current devices. The primary reason for these changes is improvements in safety of course, but that's not the only one. In case you've lived under a rock for the past few decades, an RCD (Residual Current Device) is a life-saving device that is designed to prevent you from getting electrocuted in case you touch a bare wire. It can also help provide extra protection against electrical fires. RCDs offer that extra layer of protection that ordinary circuit-breakers and fuses do not. RCD's constantly monitor the electric current flowing through all the circuits that they protect. If it finds electricity flowing on an unintended path, like a person who has touched a bare wire, the RCD will switch the circuit breaker off immediately, significantly reducing the risks of serious injury or death. There are a few basic types of rccb rcd available that can be used to ensure you're always as safe as possible, and they're most often used in potentially dangerous areas like gardens, bathrooms and kitchens.