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Powerline Bushfire Safety

Posted by Jessica Deery CFA Member
Wednesday, 25 January 2012

This summer, electricity businesses will be modifying their powerline safety settings to reduce the risk of bushfires. This may delay restoring power if a fault occurs.

Most Victorians will not be affected by these changes. Of those that are, most will not notice any impact on the reliability of supply as a result of these changes.

Energy Safe Victoria is writing to all customers whose properties will be affected.

Victorians in the highest fire risk areas are always advised that they could face reduced supply reliability at times of high bushfire danger or wild weather and to make appropriate preparations.

People who rely heavily on electricity supply need to take steps to be prepared. Remember power outages can also affect phones, radios and water pumps.

  • Have a battery-powered radio and spare batteries or a wind-up radio available to hear alerts and warnings in case power fails
  • Have a landline with a cord, a fully charged mobile phone as backup and a spare battery; and
  • Have a non-electric pump available that can be operated from an alternative water supply such as a swimming pool, concrete or metal tank, or dam.

If you lose power, contact your electricity distribution business on the “Faults and Emergencies” number on your most recent electricity bill.

For more information on getting energy prepared visit Energy Safe Victoria.

For information about powerline bushfire safety visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au

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