Electricity Safety Tips
If your power or gas goes out or there's a fault or emergency, your distributor is usually the best place to start.
Your distributor can arrange to send someone out if you have a supply issue or fault. If there’s an outage, they can normally provide you with information on when power or gas should be back up and running.
During the flood
- Firstly, turn off power at the main switch in your switchboard.
- Don’t operate electrical appliances or switches while standing in water or when you have bare feet. Footwear can actually save lives.
- Don't connect portable generators to the electrical wiring of your house or office unless a licensed electrician has installed a changeover switch. Appliances can be plugged directly into the generator, but make sure you always read the manufacturer's instructions very carefully before doing so.
- Always follow instructions and directions from local authorities and be ready to evacuate if necessary. It’s a good idea to follow your local authorities on social media so you can stay up to date with what’s happening during a flood.
- Moving around your area in a boat comes with a few risks – particularly reduced power line height clearances. Floodwaters will lift you closer to powerlines, so stay alert for any dangerous nearby objects.
After a flood
- Unplug all electrical appliances affected by water and have them inspected by a licensed electrical contractor before using them again.
- Take extra care around your switchboard. If you’re unsure about your switchboard's safety, steer clear and call your licensed electrical contractor.
- Take care when cleaning up, as fallen powerlines hidden in branches, debris or water can be extremely dangerous. Don't take chances. If you find a fallen power line, keep well away, warn others and call the electricity distributor in your area or emergency services on 000.
Contact your energy distributor
Endeavor Energy www.endeavourenergy.com.au
Essential Energy www.essentialenergy.com.au/
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