04 Nov Here’s What You Should Do During a Power Outage
Power outages aren’t a very common occurrence in Australia and power supply in our country is quite steady at most times. Even when there is a power outage, it doesn’t last for too long. However, natural disasters such as bush fires, floods or storms can throw the power supply out of gear for a much longer duration; at times it may last for days or weeks.
When there is a power outage, you won’t be able to use any of the equipment or appliances in your home and you won’t be able to use the hot water system either. In fact, you won’t even be able to charge and use simple devices like your mobile phone, once the battery drains out. In short, it isn’t easy to manage many day-to-day activities without electricity. Here are some tips that will help ease the challenges you face during a power outage and deal with things in a slightly better way.
- When there is a power outage in your home, don’t panic; first check with your neighbours and find out whether they too are facing the same problem.
- If you find that only your home has been affected, quickly check the main circuit board and ensure that none of the circuit breakers have tripped or that no fuses have blown.
- Once you have ascertained that these aren’t causing the problem, check whether any of the main service wires that lead to your home, have suffered any damage; in case you do find some damage/deterioration, do not go near them again and call your electricity service provider.
- In situations where you find that other people in your neighbourhood are affected as well, you would have to take certain precautions. Switch off all the electronic equipment and appliances in your home – this will prevent them from getting damaged in case there is a sudden power surge when the electricity comes back on. In fact, this is the one way to ensure that there is lesser load on your electrical system and it will be much easier to restore the power.
- Switch off all the switches in your house, excepting one – this will help you know when the power comes back on.
- It’s important that you don’t bring any home generators or outdoor BBQs into the house or place any of them near open doors or windows – these appliances emit invisible carbon monoxide fumes that can be very deadly to you and those in your home.
- Ensure that you use proper candle holders when you are lighting candles; you should also keep them away from kids and ensure the flame is extinguished before you get to bed.
- In the event that you do use a generator when there is a power outage, never plug it right into the electrical system of your home; however, you could do this if you have the right switchover facilities installed by a licensed electrician.
Call a licensed electrician
A power outage is something you should never take lightly. It’s always important to keep handy the contact details of a licensed and insured local electrician. The company should be able to provide prompt and reliable services when you need them. If you find that the power outage has impacted only your property, it’s best to call your electrician without delay.
Apart from checking if any circuit breakers have tripped, never try to tackle any electrical tasks on your own. For more information, simply speak with the experts at AllRound Electrical and take their advice on various aspects of electrical installations in your home. The number to call is – 1300 169 263. You can also write to us at this email address.
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