Safety is paramount when dealing with extreme weather. Find out how to keep you and your family protected.
There are a number of simple steps home owners can take to protect personal safety, preserve electrical equipment, and deal with potential damage to the home’s electrical system.
Follow the checklist below to help get yourself and your property ready ahead of storm season.
If your property is in danger of flooding it is essential you take precautions to avoid the risk of electrocution.
The three key precautions to keep in mind are:
Ensure any appliances are clear of any electrical faults to avoid any further loss or damage. A wet toaster or a damp hairdryer can give an electric shock or spark a fire so make sure all electrical appliances are declared 100 percent safe before they are plugged back in. These kinds of checks should be routine during flood clean-ups.
A Master Electrician will be able to accurately assess any electrical risks in your home, including testing household appliances for electrical faults or water damage.
Take care for fallen or damaged power lines. Fallen power lines are very dangerous and can be especially hard to see at night and when hidden in trees or other flood debris. Always assume fallen power lines are ‘live’, keep away and warn others to do the same. Report fallen power lines and trees or branches in contact with power lines to your electricity provider.
Have a Master Electrician test your safety switches, and if you don’t have one, your Master Electrician can install one for you. A safety switch is designed to cut the power off before electrocution can occur.
What to do after a Flood
For information about Generator Safety
Flood Repair Fact Sheet
Master Electricians Australia has developed the following facts sheet to assist you in assessing your electrical components after a flood.
Emergency Contact Numbers
Dial Triple Zero (000) for Police, Fire and Ambulance in an emergency.
State Emergency Service
Dial 132 500 for help with a damaged roof, rising flood water, trees fallen on buildings, or storm damage.
Non-urgent medical help
Dial 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
Useful Links and Information
Bureau of Meteorology
Disaster Welfare Services
Information about disaster relief grants for content and structural repairs, available to low income earners with no insurance.
1800 018 444
Contact Master Electricians Australia for more information on 1300 889 198 or to book a Master Electrician to assist you, visit our Master Electricians Online Booking Service