Safety around electricity is also important outside the home.
Staying safe around your home is important, always remember to Dial before you dig by calling 1100 to find out if there are underground powerlines or other assets in the area before you dig any holes. Always follow the safe work guidelines provided by the local utility. It could save your life.
When painting eaves, replacing or cleaning gutters, avoid getting close to the electrical wires that connect your home to the power poles. Always look out for overhead powerlines when using ladders or carrying other tall objects.
If the job requires close proximity to a powerline, be sure call Energex on 13 12 53 for safety advice.
To keep your family and friends safe, follow these simple tips:
You or a family member could be seriously injured or killed if you undertake specialist tasks, such as:
When doing any of the above work, be careful.
Ensure the electricity is turned off (except when resetting a circuit breaker or safety switch where power needs to remain on) and take due care.
People with solar panels on their roofs should be aware that in the event that electricity supply is disconnected from their home, the panels may still be generating electricity at a dangerous voltage and present an electrical risk. If you believe any part of the solar power system has been damaged by events such as storms or floods, you need to stay well away from the system until a licensed electrical contractor has been able to attend and make the system safe.
The Electrical Safety Office has provided additional information on Electrical safety when working around grid connected solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and Working on roofs and in ceiling spaces.
If you are going to install a generator, you must ensure it is kept in a well ventilated area.
Do not overload your powerpoints or connect the generator to your home wiring unless installed by a licensed electrician.
The Electrical Safety Office has provided additional information on portable generator safety.
Visit our Property poles page for more information on property poles and the responsibility of home or property owners.
In the event on an emergency, it is important to know what to do. Find out more.
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This is not an exhaustive list of all safety matters that need to be considered. Whilst care is taken in the preparation of this material, Energex does not guarantee, to the extend permitted by law, the accuracy and completeness of information.
To the extend permitted by law, Energex will not be responsible for any loss, damage or costs incurred as a result of any errors omissions or misrepresentations in relation to the material in this document or for any possible actions ensuing from information contained above.
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