Trees and branches falling onto powerlines is one of the biggest causes of unplanned power outages in the ACT, these incidents most commonly occur during seasonal weather events.
"We can't beat Mother Nature but we can be prepared and we all have a role to play when it comes to vegetation management, storm preparation and bushfire mitigation," said Clinton McAlister, Evoenergy Branch Manager.
"At Evoenergy we prepare our network to withstand storms, conduct proactive vegetation management and ensure that we have our crews on standby to respond to weather related events. But we know from experience that our network is vulnerable to direct lightning strikes, high winds, heavy rain, fire, flooding and flying debris, all of which can cause power outages and fallen powerlines - a potentially deadly situation.
"We are playing our part to reduce the risk of power outages, but it takes a community effort to ensure we are best prepared."
There are a few simple ways you can reduce the impact of severe weather on our power supply:
For more ways to Focus on Safety and for a full list of accredited tree surgeons visit the Evoenergy website www.evoenergy.com.au.