How to Keep Safe During and After Weather Events

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Keeping yourself and your property safe during a storm or flood!

  • Listen to your local news for weather updates
  • If you've lost power, turn off your power points and unplug electrical equipment.
  • Don't use a landlines during a thunderstorm – it can deliver an electric shock.
  • If flood waters are expected, shift electrical equipment to higher locations.
  • If you are in a car, stay away from powerlines, trees and watercourses. Stay in your vehicle.

Clean-up after a storm or flood!

  • Continue to listen to your local news station for further warnings and advice.
  • Stay away from the vicinity of any fallen powerlines. Report any fallen, low or damaged lines to the emergency services.
  • Stay clear of electrical signs, street lights, electrical cables, foil insulation or other conductive material that may be lying around your house
  • If you've lost power, contact your local electrical distribution entity who should be able to advise when power will be reconnected.
  • Don't touch a damaged switchboard. Stay away from switchboards if they are damaged by water, fire or if lightning is close, and warn others to do the same.
  • Do not do your own electrical work it's illegal and dangerous. Always use a licensed electrical contractor to do all your electrical work. 
  • If you have a solar power generating system, avoid getting on the roof unless absolutely necessary and keep away from solar panels and their cables.

Contact Ehlerth Electrical for any electrical emergencies or repair work to your home!

Source: Workplace Health and Safety Electrical Safety Office Workers' Compensation Regulator