Out on the patio we sit and the humidity, we breathe. We watch the lighting crack over canefields…
Ahh such a great Aussie classic we can all relate to!
Here in Queensland, we love an impressive performance by Mother Nature, however when the summer storms hit, they are often hard and fast, sometimes without warning and can cause intense damage to our properties, leaving us in the dark and forcing us to drink all the beer before it gets warm (secretly the only silver lining!).
Being prepared and protecting your home electrics before storm season can save the dramas, and offers more time to snuggle up and enjoy the rolling clouds and lightning shows.
A thorough check of power points is a good start. The last thing you want are faulty power points or electrical points exposed to the elements and causing black outs during a storm. We all know water and electricity aren’t a fun mix! Also check electrical points in the ceiling and basement as rats love chewing on wires, and in high winds and rain, water ingress to the roof is common. Appliances should be checked over and any frayed wires need to be repaired or the item replaced and if you are living in a flood zone, all electrical points should be relocated to higher positions.
Should storm warnings be severe, its a good idea to unplug all electric appliances and switch off the mains power if advised by emergency services.
If you live in a storm prone area where blackouts are common, a generator is a great investment so that the ice cream doesn’t melt!
After the storm passes, danger may still be present so listen to the radio for further warnings. If power to your home has been cut, contact your local energy supplier to confirm whether the problem is isolated to your residence. Carefully do a visual check for any damaged electrical cables and power lines which may pose any threat and call a qualified electrician if you notice anything out of the ordinary, or the SES if an emergency.
Of course, any electrical checks need to be done by a qualified electrician and certainly not a DIY job – no matter how great you were at those high school science projects!
For more info, visit the government website: https://getready.qld.gov.au/
– Logic Energy