Power outages are becoming more common around the Gold Coast because of natural disasters as well as energy shortages and a large increase in consumer demands. Ask your electrician in Tweed Heads to install an emergency powers supply with back up batteries in your home for safety. If your budget conscious you can have a simple system that just turns on a few strategically placed lights during a power outage or you can have a generator hooked up to replace the power mains in the event of a power failure.
You can dramatically reduce the effects of power outages by taking a few precautions in your home or business such as:
- Have an emergency plan worked out with your family or other occupants of the building so you all know what to do during a power outage
- Have the number of the local power company and your local electrician in Tweed Heads as well as emergency services on your phone and the phone of others in the building
- Know the local risks and be prepared
- Consider the needs of young people, old people and people with disabilities in regard to how they will cope and the stress it may cause them
- Have an updated emergency kit on hand that allows for everyone to remain self sufficient for several days. This should include water, emergency rations, torches and spare batteries, a cell phone, a radio and any critical medical supplies
- It’s also advisable to have an emergency tool kit with equipment you could need including a shovel, large knife, axe, pliers, hammer, nails, screwdriver and insulation tape.
During a power outage
The first thing you need to do is establish if the outage only affects your property or if it covers a larger area. This can be done by looking at other properties to see if they have power.
If others have power it means there is a problem with your power supply, so:
- Check to make sure it’s not a circuit breaker. If it’s not a circuit breaker fault check to see if the service lines are still intact, but do not touch any electrical wiring.
- In the event that your electrical wires are damaged or down, or your neighbours power is also out, call your electrical supplier or faults
If the outage occurs at night and you have an emergency lighting system, turn off all appliances and lights. If you don’t have one leave at least one light on so you can tell when the power is restored
- Try and avoid opening your fridge or freezer to preserve their cooling ability
- Do not use generators, fires or charcoal type cookers inside for cooking or lighting as they give off dangerous gasses.
- Candles should never be left unattended especially if people are sleeping cooking or lighting equipment
After you have had a power outage ask your local electrician in Tweed Heads to check your wiring to ensure its safe as surges after a power outage can affect or damage wiring and equipment.