Storms, high winds and lightning cause considerable damage to electricity infrastructure, from falling trees to debris being thrown through the air like missiles.
Each year Endeavour Energy prepares its network for storms and high winds. We comb thousands of kilometres of suburban, rural and bushland areas to ensure vegetation is maintained and kept clear of our network. While we do all that we can there are a few steps you can take to keep you and your family safe during the storm.
Before the storm season
- Tidy up loose items like garden furniture and building materials that can become airborne in strong winds and cause damage to property and powerlines.
- Clean your gutters and check the roof for broken tiles and leaks. Use extreme caution when working near the powerline point of attachment.
- Manage trees and shrubs growing near powerlines and do not plant anything other than grass below powerlines.
- Keep a battery operated torch and radio handy with spare batteries or download the torch application available to smartphones.
- Ensure outdoor electrical appliances are turned off at the power point and are stored in a dry location where they will not get wet.
- Know the location of your fuse box and main switch (there may be more than one). Make sure it’s covered to prevent water damage.
During a storm
- Seek shelter and do not go outside into the storm.
- Turn off and unplug sensitive electrical appliances such as computers, televisions and charging phones.
- Do not use landline phones during electrical storms.
- Listen to your radio for storm updates (portable, in the car or your mobile phone).
- Report fallen powerlines and power outages to Endeavour Energy on 131 003.