Energy safety checks in severe weather

When the weather turns nasty it’s important to put safety first. With the help of our community partner New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES), we’ve put together some tips to help you manage your energy.

If you’ve been affected by severe weather such as floods and storms then there’s a chance your energy supplies could have been damaged. Before rushing back in to turn everything on, read the below tips and contact professionals where needed to minimise further damage and check everything is safe. 

With the help of our community partner New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES), we’ve put together some simple tips to help you get back on your feet after a storm.


6 energy safety checks for severe weather conditions

1.Gas users
All gas appliances, components, supply cylinders or tanks affected by floodwater will need to be checked by a competent and qualified gasfitter prior to the gas supply being turned on again.

2.LPG users 
LPG cylinders and tanks are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions. So leave your cylinders where they’re installed – just make sure they’re in an upright position and secured to a solid structure and base.

3.Turn off appliances where possible
If your electricity or gas supply is lost during a storm, or you need to evacuate, it’s a good idea to unplug your electrical appliances, as well as turn off and unplug your gas appliances (don’t forget your BBQ). 

4.Ask a professional to check appliances
Don’t use or attempt to repair electrical appliances that might have been damaged by rain or flooding. Have them checked by a qualified electrician first.

5.Report fallen power lines
Stay away from fallen power lines and broken gas pipes. If you spot damage, contact your local distributor or 000 immediately for assistance.

6.Mains switchboard check
If you’re unsure about the safety of your electrical switchboard after a flood or storm, have it checked by a qualified electrician before turning it back on.

7.Be cautious after the storm
Be careful cleaning-up after a storm, as fallen powerlines may be hidden in debris.

8.Call 000 in emergencies
Always call 000 immediately if there is a risk to life or property. 

  • Read more: Tips to staying safe in a flood
  • Read more: Tips to prepare for a storm

Plan ahead – Home Emergency Plan

Where possible consider putting together an action plan in case of a flood. The NSW SES has some insights into creating a Home Emergency Plan which can help get you started.

Evacuate early if required

Be prepared to evacuate if advised by emergency services and consider that other people will be doing the same, so roads will be busy and possibly congested, or closed. While it’s hard to do, don’t leave it too late.

For more important tips on what to do before and after a flood or a storm, and to read more about emergency home plans visit ses.nsw.gov.au.

Origin are proud to be a community partner of the New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES).

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