7 tips to stay safe in Summer storms
Summer (and its storms) comes early every year here in Brisbane, and whilst it is only a few short months away we feel we should share this wonderful checklist provided by Master Electricians! Often we won’t consider the damage that storms can do (and what we have to do to fix it) until it happens to us. So read on to find a number of simple steps homeowners can take to protect personal safety, preserve electrical equipment, and deal with potential damage to the home’s electrical system.
Follow the checklist below to help get yourself and your property ready ahead of storm season, need some more information? Contact us to discuss your options!
#1 – 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. Call a qualified electrical contractor to help.
#2 – Protect The System.
Ask an electrician about having lightning protection installed in your switchboard to protect all appliances. A small investment in surge protection could save you thousands of dollars to replace electrical items.
#3 – Go Offline Before The Storm.
Unplug all sensitive appliances, such as computers and TVs, and disconnect the telephone and TV antenna before the storm arrives.
#4 – Don’t Connect During The Storm.
Don’t use equipment directly connected to electricity, including the stove, during a severe storm.
#5 – Be Wary 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.
#6 – Call An Electrician Before Your Energy Distributor.
If the wires have been torn down in a blackout, most houses will require internal repairs before the power can be reconnected. In those cases, you need to contact an electrician before the distributor is called out, as your electricity distributor will be unable to assist until the wiring is fixed.
#7 – Be Confident In Your Contractor.
If you suffer storm damage, Brisbane Electrical can help!
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