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Far North and Western Queenslanders urged to prepare for floods

Published: 2 Mar 2018 2:35pm

Ergon Energy is urging Far North Queenslanders likely to be affected by flooding and heavy rains in the coming days to make sure electrical appliances likely to be inundated have been moved or unplugged.

Flinders Area Manager Mark Biffanti said houses in many parts of Far North and Western Queensland had laundries, and fridges and freezers in areas where rising floodwaters might reach them.

“It’s part of life for many north Queenslanders to have a deep freezer or a drinks fridge in the shed and washing machine under the house but that means they may get wet during periods of heavy rain like we’re experiencing now,” Mr Biffanti said.

“If you can, move them to a higher part of the house or get them off the floor and turn off and unplug any appliances that may become inundated with water.”

“Because this weather came on so quickly people may not have had time to prepare for localised flooding and that’s why it’s also important that after the flood waters have subsided that they get appliances that have been inundated with water checked by a licensed electrician before they use them.”

Flood Safety

Before

  • If you’re in a flood prone location, consider relocating your switchboard and any wiring in your home that may be below previous flood levels
  • Where possible, move any electrical equipment to higher ground
  • Turn off and unplug any electrical appliances that may become inundated with water.

During

  • If moving around your area in boats, be aware of reduced powerline height clearances as flood waters will make you closer to the powerlines and power poles can also move from the force of flood waters
  • Warn children not to swim in flood waters.

After

  • Unplug all electrical appliances affected by water and have them inspected by a licensed electrical contractor before use
  • Do not operate electrical appliances or switches while standing in water or bare feet
  • Have a licensed electrical contractor check or isolate any parts of your electrical installation that have been affected by water – especially if the switchboard has been submerged or if your safety switch has tripped
  • Take extra care around your switchboard. If it’s outdoors, wear synthetic or rubber soled shoes. If you are in any doubt about your switchboard’s safety, stay clear and call your licensed electrical contractor.

Visit the Ergon Energy website for more information.

Media Contact: Brett Judge
Phone: 0439971765

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