During Canberra’s storm season high winds and lightning can create dangerous situations by bringing down powerlines, damaging gas and electrical equipment and causing blackouts.
Preparing for storm season
Make sure all trees on your property are at least 1.5 metres away from powerlines. An Evoenergy-accredited tree surgeon must be used if trees are within this distance.
Create your own storm safety kit containing a torch, battery-operated radio, spare batteries and first aid kit.
We’ve created an easy to read checklist to help get you prepared for the storm season.
During a storm
Stay clear of fallen or low powerlines and any objects that have come into contact with them.
To prevent the possibility of electric shocks during a storm, avoid using landline telephones, make sure you unplug electrical appliances and never use any electrical appliances that are damaged or wet.
After a storm
Stay clear of fallen or low powerlines and objects such as fences or trees that are in contact with them, as they can conduct electricity.
Report any damage you see to electrical and gas infrastructure to Evoenergy’s emergencies and faults numbers, 13 10 93 for electricity and 13 19 09 for gas.
For more information about preparing your home for storm season, go to the ACT ESA website or call 13 22 81.