Electrical safety Checks
With approximately 9,500 flood-affected properties still having power restored, ENERGEX continues to urge people with water damaged properties and electrical appliances to have them inspected by a qualified electrician.
Inspections of electrical wiring for homes and businesses that were inundated by water are required before ENERGEX reconnects properties to the power network, however, electrical appliances could also present safety risks.
There have been several electrical fires in homes reported due to people switching on faulty electrical appliances damaged by the flood waters.
ENERGEX spokesperson Mike Swanston says if in doubt – throw it out. “Or, have the appliance specifically checked by a licensed electrician because there’s no point in risking your or loved one’s lives over a $20 toaster.”
Once a licensed electrician has deemed a property safe to be reconnected to the power grid ENERGEX is aiming to have it back online within eight hours.
More than 300 ENERGEX and interstate crews are back at work today with some crews resting after last night’s storm response. The rested crews will be back oncall this afternoon in anticipation for this evening’s forecast storms.
Estimated restoration times for the remaining flood-affected homes and businesses is available from the energex website.
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