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Sparkies warn Aussies to put safety first during summer storm season

Master Electricians Australia has warned Australians to be vigilant over the festive season when it comes to summer storm safety.

The dangers are real during storm season as lightening can cause injury and destroy appliances, while loose objects around the home can quickly become dangerous missiles, bringing down power lines and interrupting power supply.

With the summer months traditionally throwing up the most volatile conditions Mother Nature has to offer, MEA Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Richards said that there is no substitute for safety when it comes to electrical matters.

“Taking time to trim trees and secure loose objects can minimise the damage done to your home should we experience violent storms over the coming weeks and months.

“If you have overhead power supply, check the wire coming to your house from the street is clear from contact with trees and if you spot a problem call your power supplier.

“In the event of an electrical storm it’s vital that you immediately unplug all electrical items as a lightning strike has the potential to kill all home appliances, even if you have surge protectors.”

“Mother nature can be very volatile during the summer months, so it important not to be complacent and to take the appropriate safety precautions.”

MEA has released its Christmas safety checklist to help prevent the festive season being marred by tragedy and it includes the following tips:

Check for recalls;

Ensure safety switches are installed on all electrical circuits;

When installing lights outdoors, only use lights designed for external use;

Always turn off outdoor lights during rain or storms;

Ensure your outdoor connections are weatherproofed;

Always keep clear of powerlines, swimming pools, driveways, and walkways.

“You will significantly increase your chances of staying safe this summer if you follow all these tips, especially about having safety switches installed,” Mr Richards said.

“Compared with the money many people spend on their lights, installing a safety switch to a switchboard is a relatively inexpensive exercise.

“If you’re in doubt about any electrical work over the summer then don’t hesitate to call your local Master Electrician.”

The full Christmas Safety Checklist can be found on the Master Electricians Australia website at https://www.masterelectricians.com.au/page/Consumers/Electrical_tips/Electrical_safety/Christmas_Safety_Checklist/.

Malcolm Richards is available for interview. Please phone The SAS Group on 07 3221 9222 or 0467 792 013.

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