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. Always use a qualified contractor to trim branches on your property. You can also report potentially dangerous trees on your street here.
- 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.
- Download our guide 'Be Prepared for a Storm'. Translations: Traditional Chinese | Simplified Chinese | Vietnamese | Arabic
During a storm
- stay away from fallen wires or anything touching them
- report any fallen powerlines, trees in contact with powerlines, 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.
- check your phone, or listen to the radio for weather updates
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.
- check www.ausgrid.com.au/poweroutages for power restoration updates
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