Storms can cause considerable damage to buildings, trees and infrastructure, creating dangerous conditions and situations.
Be prepared for a storm:
- Tidy up loose items like garden furniture and building materials that could become missiles in strong winds and cause damage to property or powerlines.
- Identify and prune trees that could come down in a storm. DO NOT attempt to trim trees near powerlines yourself.
- Keep a battery-operated torch and radio handy with spare batteries nearby.
- Keep your house weatherproof. Replace broken roof tiles, keep gutters clean and fix leaks to ensure water cannot access electrical systems or appliances.
- Know the location of your fuse box or mains switch and make sure it’s covered to prevent water damage.
During a storm:
- Stay away from fallen wires or anything touching them.
- Report any fallen power lines, trees or branches in contact with power lines, fires or property damage to your local electricity distributor as soon as possible. For Ausgrid call 13 13 88.
- Unplug sensitive appliances such as computers, video recorders and televisions.
- Don’t use a landline telephone during an electrical storm.
- Listen to your radio for weather updates (alternatively use your car radio. Many mobile phones also have inbuilt FM radios).
After a storm:
- Watch out for fallen powerlines, particularly those hidden in trees or other storm debris.
- Always assume fallen powerlines are “live”, don’t approach them, warn others to do the same and call Ausgrid on 13 13 88.
- Don’t swim in flooded creeks and drains as they could hide fallen powerlines.
- Listen to your radio for power restoration and weather updates.