Storm safety

Storm safety tips

Storms can cause considerable damage to buildings, trees and infrastructure, creating dangerous conditions.

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.

During a storm

  • stay away from fallen wires or anything touching them.
  • report any fallen power lines, trees 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.