It's storm and bushfire season. Make sure you are storm and bushfire safe with these helpful tips:

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  • Consider installing alternative power sources for water pumps
  • Make sure you know how to open your garage doors and gates manually if there's no power
  • Clear firebreaks
  • Know your bushfire survival plan
  • Keep an eye on fire danger ratings on the Rural Fire Service website
  • If you see branches hanging over our powerlines, contact us on 13 20 80 to report the issue
  • Stay at least 8 metres aware from fallen powerlines, or anything touching powerlines, and call 13 20 80 immediately.

Be sure to complete a Bushfire Survival Plan and Farm FireWise Checklist and Action Plan to reduce your bushfire risk. These documents are available on the NSW Rural Fire Service’s website at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

Find out more about bushfire safety with our bushfire safety fact sheet

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  • Do not approach or pick up fallen powerlines. Keep yourself and bystanders safe by staying at least 8 metres away and call 132080 immediately
  • Keep an eye on StormTracker so you can prepare for storms
  • Before a storm arrives, recharge your phones and laptops to help you stay connected with radio alerts, family and friends 
  • Trim trees around the house - do not attempt to prune trees in or near powerlines - call us on 132080 or visit essentialenergy.com.au/trees to report the trees near our powerlines
  • Back-up computers and phones to keep data safe
  • Consider alternative power sources for water pumps and cooking
  • Make sure you know how to open your garage doors and gates manually
  • 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
  • Remove loose debris, which could become airborne in strong winds 
  • Prepare an emergency plan and an emergency kit. Visit the SES website, sesemergencyplan.com.au for more information and tools for creating your emergency plan

Find out more about storm safety
Find out more about what to do during a power outage
Download our storm safety fact sheet

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