Electricity is all around us, in our homes and backyards. Life would be far less exciting without electricity. But with it comes potential hazards and we want to ensure you know what to look out for and how to deal with a hazard.
You should always assume an electrical wire is live until you have checked it is switched off and unplugged. Live wires can cause an electric shock and severe injury, or even death, if not managed carefully.
When working around your home:
When working outside:
Remember – in an electrical fire NEVER use water to put the fire out. Use a multipurpose fire extinguisher.
In order to keep your family and home safe, carry out an electricity safety audit in your home. Visit Keep My Home Safe to start the process and audit your home every six months.
Free Safety Isolation Service
MainPower offers a free safety isolation service to our connected customers. This provides isolation of lines or cables to allow you to work around your home safely.
This free service is recommended if you want to work in an area that puts you at risk of touching live power lines. This could be when you are clearing spouting, trimming vegetation, repairing a building roof, or painting a barge board. Even with a safety isolation, it is your responsibility to test before assuming power is isolated and therefore safe to work.
If electrical work is being undertaken then an electrical inspection may be necessary before electricity supply can be restored. For this reason, this free service may not be available for electrical modifications, building renovations affecting the electrical system, or isolations which take longer than six months to restore.
Call MainPower on 03 311 8311 for more information or to book a free safety isolation. At least 48 hours’ notice is required. This free service is offered during business hours and may be subject to availability.