Safety around your home

Outdoor safety

We need to be aware of the potential hazards associated with electricity so we can all stay safe. The following safety tips relate to electricity outside the home.

Electrical dangers are not restricted to inside the home.

Consider these outdoor electrical safety tips. 

  • Be careful where you dig or drive stakes into the ground as electrical lines may be buried in the soil - contact Dial Before You Dig for more information.
  • When using ladders or moving sailing boats, always look out for powerlines and avoid going near them - always ‘look up’.
  • Do not use extension cables outdoors except when using an appliance.
  • Keep appliances and cords out of the rain and away from wet areas - do not keep extension cords outdoors permanently.
  • Do not fly kites, drones and model aeroplanes near overhead wires.
  • Don't climb trees or buildings near powerlines and avoid touching trees or branches next to powerlines.
  • If a tree or branch is near or touching any electrical wire or connection, please seek professional advice.
  • When replacing or cleaning guttering, do not allow any part of you or the guttering to touch the electrical wires or connections - use a wooden stick or broom handle. It is preferable to use a wooden ladder.
  • When painting the outside of your house, make sure you avoid contact with electrical wires. If necessary, contact Ausgrid to arrange for the use of 'tiger tails'. Tiger tails are synthetic tubes that are clipped together over powerlines to provide a visual indicator of electrical wires. They are not to be used as insulating material and will not provide full protection from live electricity. See 'Make a clearance enquiry' for further information.

Fallen powerlines

Powerlines can be damaged by fallen trees, high winds, lightning strikes, car accidents, vandalism, fires, and birds, bats or other animals. Fallen power lines are very dangerous – so keep away from them and call Ausgrid emergency services on 13 13 88.

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