Storm Safety

Trucks with storm approaching

This storm season stay aware, stay safe.

Be prepared

  • Remove loose debris, which could become airborne in strong winds
  • Trim trees around the house - do not attempt to prune trees in or near powerlines - call us on 132391 or visit essentialenergy.com.au/trees for information
  • Unplug your television, computer, modem and other sensitive electrical equipment during a storm and minimise the use of telephones and electrical appliances
  • Keep a torch and battery powered radio in an easily accessible place in the event of a power outage
  • Keep an eye on the weather by visiting essentialenergy.com.au/stormtracker

Keep an eye out for damage to the electricity network

Damaged or fallen powerlines can be hard to spot. Indicators of potential damage may include:

  • flickering or no power supply
  • burnt areas in paddocks or roadsides
  • injured or downed stock
  • smoke or fallen trees.

Call us on 132080 if you see fallen or damaged powerlines.

Always stay at least 8 metres away from the line and anything in contact with it and report the fault immediately.

Emergency escape

If your vehicle makes contact with overhead or underground powerlines:

  • Stay in your vehicle and call 000 immediately
  • If escape is absolutely necessary, jump well clear to avoid contact with the vehicle and ground at the same time
  • When you jump land with your feet together. Do not touch the vehicle, fall or allow your feet to step apart
  • You must shuffle or jump, with your feet together until you are at least 8 metres clear of the vehicle, powerlines or anything else in contact with them
  • Once clear, do not return to the vehicle for any reason
  • Call us on 132080
  • Remember to never approach a vehicle to assist in an evacuation and always treat powerlines as if they are ‘live’.

Download our Storm Safety fact sheet