Queenslanders urged to prioritise electrical safety when working in the yard

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People working in their yard over the holiday period are being reminded to be aware of underground and overhead electrical dangers in and around their property.

Ergon Energy Safety Advisor Chris Rose urged Queenslanders to prioritise electrical safety when cutting or pruning trees in the yard.

“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 to identify all underground services within their yard.

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

Similarly, Mr. Rose said anyone digging outside their fence line or footpath could 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 about any registered underground utilities outside a property boundary.”

But according to Mr. Rose, electrical hazards are not just underground and he urged people to take care and stay aware of overhead powerlines 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 electrical safety, log onto ergon.com.au/network/safety.

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