DIYers urged to be aware of underground and overhead high voltage this summer

With so many people working in their yard over the holiday period Energex is reminding them to be aware of underground and overhead electrical dangers in and around their property.

 

Digging, cutting and pruning trees in the yard is commonplace for thousands of Queenslanders this time of year and according to Energex’s Safety Advisor Chris Rose these jobs should always be done with electrical safety in mind.

 

“Whether digging a new garden bed, drilling a hole for a fence post or planting a new tree we’re asking people to be aware of underground and overhead power both in the yard and on the footpath,” he said.

 

“For those digging within their property boundary they can organise the services of a certified cable locator who can come out and identify all underground services within their yard.

 

“By doing so the homeowner can not only save a costly bill by accidently striking an underground service, the information could also save their life.”

 

Similarly, Mr Rose said if anyone is digging outside their fence line or footpath they can contact a free service to locate nearby cables.

 

“Before digging on the footpath people should always contact “Dial Before You Dig” on www.1100.com.au or call 1100,” he said.

 

“The Dial Before You Dig service can assist property owners with plans and advice of any registered underground utilities outside a property boundary.”

 

But according to Mr Rose, electrical hazards are not just underground and he people to take care and stay line aware of the powerlines above them as well.

 

“There are very few second chances when coming into contact with any electricity so if someone’s doing any work such as trimming trees, working on their roof or carrying tall objects around their property they must always look above for overhead wires,” he said.

 

For more information about Energex safety log onto energex.com.au/safety

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