Update: Our COVID-19 response - Critical work continues
Because of the current working from home arrangements for many people in New South Wales, we’ve decided to prioritise critical work to minimise disruptions to power supply in the coming months. Read more
Preparing for a future interruption
We suggest you take some simple precautions before and during a power outage:
- Unplug or switch off appliances at the wall including garage doors and alarms - if you're at home, leave a light on to tell you when the power is back on.
- Notify your security company of the interruption to make sure alarms operate correctly without power.
- Switch off water pumps and three phase motors associated with air conditioning plants and lifts.
- You do not need to switch off or adjust any solar installation before or during the interruption.
- If you are without power, avoid opening the fridge or freezer door – make a note of the time you lost power so you can gauge if the food in your fridge is safe to consume.
The NSW Food Authority advises:
- If power is out for more than 4 hours food in fridges can spoil. Keep the refrigerator door closed as much as possible.
- Freezers will usually not defrost and allow food to spoil for at least 24 hours, provided the door has been kept shut.
Please see the full advice of the NSW Food Authority.