Fallen power lines are very dangerous. They can be damaged by fallen trees, lightning strikes, car accidents, vandalism, fires, birds or other animals and flying debris during high winds. Keep away from damaged lines and call Ausgrid emergency services on 13 13 88.
Electrical fires may be caused by electrical system failures and appliance defects, but many are also caused by the misuse and poor maintenance of electrical appliances, incorrectly installed wiring, and overloaded circuits and extension cords.
Ausgrid advises that customers arrange for regular safety checks, especially where old wiring has deteriorated and become unsafe. This also applies when purchasing an existing premise where it is important to have an electrical safety check of the installation. This is to ensure there is no faulty wiring due to deterioration or defective workmanship.
In the event of an electrical fire, never throw water or use a water based extinguisher. Call Emergency 000 and if possible, turn off the electricity to the building at the main switch.
People who are in contact with an electrical source are themselves conductors of electricity until the power is turned off. Do not attempt to touch or rescue a person until the power has been cut off and the situation has been made safe.
In the event of an electric shock:
- Turn off the electricity to the building at the main switch and call for help. Emergency services on 000 or 112 (from mobile phones only).
- If it is safe to do so, turn off the power, unplug the appliance and give the victim first aid.
- Do not touch burns, break blisters, or remove burned clothing.
- Always seek medical advice after an electric shock.
If you suspect an electrical fault may have been the cause, call Ausgrid on 13 13 88.
Pollution Incident Response Management Plans (PIRMPs)
In 2012, the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 was amended and the Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Amendment (Pollution Incident Response Management Plans) Regulation 2012 was gazetted. One of the outcomes of this amendment was a requirement for all holders of an environment protection licence to prepare and implement a pollution incident response management plan and make information related to reporting and communicating with the community publicly available.