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Don't take the "Happy" out of Easter says Ergon

Published: 1 Apr 2015 11:00am

While many of us prepare to head away on well-deserved breaks over Easter, Ergon is reminding those staying at home to be electrically safe with long weekend projects around homes or gardens.

Figures recently released by Ergon show a significant spike last year of incidents involving tree felling and lopping around powerlines.

"Our Community Electrical Safety Awareness Plan shows more than half of the incidents reported to us last year of trees brought down onto powerlines were related to lopping or tree felling of some kind," Executive General Manager Customer Delivery Peter Billing said.

"Easter is traditionally a time when people catch up on jobs around the home and that brings two types of risks – overhead powerlines outside if you are doing tree work, or DIY jobs in and around the home," Mr Billing said.

With much DIY handy work usually involving electrical equipment, Ergon is urging people to heed simple safety advice this Easter when using such tools.

Mr Billing also stressed that electrical wiring and repairs around the home must never be attempted by the home handyperson.

"It's dangerous and illegal for an unlicensed person to do any electrical work in the home," Mr Billing warned, "Serious electrical incidents can and do result from unlicensed wiring and electrical work," he said.

Certain jobs around the outside of the home also presented risks.

"If you do have any trees or branches around power lines don't try to trim them yourself. Always call in a professional," he said. Ergon Energy has reminded would-be home tree trimmers to "look up and live" if working near the service line that connects power to your home.

Ergon says people should stay at least three metres from the line and attachment point if using ladders, clearing gutters, painting or using pool scoops as contact could seriously injure or kill. Ergon wishes all its customers a safe and happy Easter and encourages them to take safety seriously over the holidays.  For more safety tips and to view Ergon Energy's quick safety videos visit ergon.com.au.

Media Contact: Mark Timmerman
Phone: (07) 4432 8731

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