Ergon Energy is urging home “do-it-yourselfers” and gardeners doing work around their yard over summer to prioritise electrical safety.
During summer break, Queenslanders begin digging, cutting and pruning around their yard and according to Ergon’s Community Safety Manager Aaron Smith, each of these tasks should always be done with electrical safety in mind.
“Whether establishing a new garden, digging a hole for a fence post or planting a new tree we’re asking people to be aware of underground power both in the yard and on the footpath,” he said.
“People can organise the services of a certified cable locator who can come out and identify all underground services within a property.
“By doing so the homeowner can not only save a costly bill by accidentally striking an underground service, the information could also save their life.”
Mr Smith said if anyone was digging outside their fence line, there was a special number to call.
“When 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 with plans and advice of any registered underground utilities outside their property boundary.”
Mr Smith urged people to keep clear of overhead powerlines while working in the yard.
“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.