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Be Prepared This Summer - Stay Safe In A Power Outage

09 January 2016

As the summer heat continues, the Andrews Labor Government has launched a campaign to help Victorians keep safe during a power outage in bushfires and extreme weather conditions.

Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio today launched the Your Guide to Power Outages campaign and reiterated the message to stay safe during a power outage.

While Victoria has very reliable electricity supply, power outages can occur – particularly during extreme summer weather.

The Guide sets out simple tips to prepare for a power outage, including putting together a power outage kit containing:

  • a torch or battery-operated light
  • a phone that doesn’t rely on electricity (such as a fully-charged mobile phone)
  • a battery powered radio for news and updates
  • fresh water (if you rely on an electric pump for water)
  • the faults and emergencies contact number from your latest electricity bill

Also covered is information on how to be energy safe, including: keep clear of fallen powerlines and report them to your local energy distributor; unplug appliances to stop voltage surges to your appliances when the power is restored; and be careful using candles and other open flames for lighting.

Local councils, retailers such as Bunnings and community groups like the Country Women’s Association and the Victorian Farmers Federation are key partners in the campaign

Visit the energy and resources website www.energyandresources.vic.gov.au/power-outage-guideExternal Link for more information and advice about preparing your family or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio

“With an earlier start to the fire season and forecasts of more hot conditions, it is vital to be prepared.”

“Your Guide to Power Outages has valuable information to keep you safe and comfortable during an outage.”

“We understand that Victorian communities in rural, regional and peri-urban areas face a high bushfire risk each summer. This Guide is another way to assist and remind residents to be prepared.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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