Actionable Electrical Safety Tips During Storms

Put safety first

Don’t attempt do-it-yourself repairs if your property suffers storm damage, including your home’s electrical system and any electrical appliances affected. Be ready before a storm or wet season.

  • Install a safety switch and test it regularly.
  • Know where to turn off your power, gas and water supply in an emergency.
  • Pack up electrical equipment that’s not in use and store in a safe place.

Protect the system

Ask an electrician with experience in domestic electrical services about having lightning protection installed in your switchboard to protect all appliances.

Unplug before the storm

  • Unplug outside TVs and non-fixed aerials and store in a dry area.
  • When a storm approaches switch off and unplug sensitive appliances or equipment.
  • Shut down your solar PV system using the safe isolation procedure.

Don’t connect during the storm

Don’t use equipment directly connected to electricity, including the stove, during a storm.

  • If you’ve lost power, turn off your power points and unplug electrical equipment.
  • Don’t use a fixed telephone during a thunderstorm – it can deliver an electric shock.
  • If flood waters are expected, shift electrical equipment to higher locations.

Be cautious of wires

Don’t go outside to check the damage before an electrician arrives, especially during a storm, as fallen power lines are easily concealed and can be deadly.

  • If you are in a car, stay away from power lines, trees and watercourses. Stay in your vehicle.
  • If you have a solar PV system that has been damaged in a flood, storm or cyclone you need to have an electrical contractor inspect the system and check it is safe.
  • Check your electrical appliances and equipment. Using water-damaged equipment can result in electric shocks and fires.