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This year has begun with one of our wettest summers and as you know, water and electricity don’t mix. So we have a couple of easy tips to maintain your household power supply and prevent any nasty power surges knocking out your appliances during a storm.
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Matt Cox & Pat Dobbs
3 Top safety tips in rainy weather
With all the rain we’ve been having, we are doing a lot of emergency work for our customers. In particular, we have seen lots of homes with short circuit problems or light fittings filling with water.
If the long range weather forecasters are correct, we can expect a fair bit of rain throughout March and April which could cause further power problems for our customers. To keep you safe and maintain your power supply, here are our top 3 tips when it comes to heavy or persistent rain and storms.
Tip 1: After heavy or persistent rain
Before you switch on any lights, walk around your home, garage and outdoor areas to check if any of your light fittings have filled with water. If you find one, DON’T turn it on. It’s dangerous! Instead, give us a call and we’ll make a time to come out to your home to investigate the problem and make it safe to use.
Tip 2: If you lose power
In a power outage, check if the homes around you and the street lights immediately outside your home have power. If everyone is in darkness, it is probably an area-wide power outage which needs to be reported to Ausgrid by calling 13 13 88.
When the power goes out in your home only, go to your switchboard to check the safety switch. If it’s off, it means there has been a power surge or short circuit in your home which has tripped the safety switch. Try turning it on. In most cases, this is all you will need to do to restore power to your home.
If the safety switch trips again, give us a call. Sometimes, we can help you over the phone and we’d prefer to try that first so you can get your power back as quickly as possible.
Tip 3: Power lines down
If you see fallen, broken or arching power lines keep at least 8 metres away (approx. 2 car lengths) and report the problem to Ausgrid immediately by calling 13 13 88.
We are here to keep you and your family safe so don’t use light switches that appear to have water in them or call us if your safety switch keeps turning off. For all your home and office wiring needs, call 0418 442 578 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Protect your valuable appliances during storms
Power surges can be deadly to all your appliances. Just imagine losing your fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, TV and every light globe in an instant. Not to mention your home office equipment and the kid’s devices which can be highly sensitive to power surges.
A power surge is a rush of electrical charge. In Australia it most commonly happens as a result of a lightning strike which can occur at any point along the power grid.
One way of reducing your chances of a power surge knocking out your appliances is to unplug the non-essential ones during a storm. But a more practical alternative for busy households is to install a single phase surge protection device in your switchboard. This simple device can protect your whole house and we can install it for you.
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