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Electricity and gas safety advice for storms and flooding across parts of Victoria

Tuesday 11 October 2022 at 4:13 pm

Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) is providing the following advice as storms and widespread flooding are forecast across Victoria over the next few days.

Fallen Powerlines

  • If there are fallen powerlines stay more than 8-to-10 metres away. Standing near fallen powerlines can be fatal.
  • Always treat fallen powerlines as live even when they are broken.
  • Call your electricity supply company to let them know your power is out. For outage details, check their website/app.
  • Storms are the most common cause of power outages as strong winds often cause trees to fall across powerlines, interrupting supply.
  • Always be prepared for power outages with a torch, charged mobile phone and battery-operated radio. If you use electricity to run a water pump, make sure you have an alternative source for fresh water or a non-electric pump available.
  • In the event of a power, failure turn off and unplug all electrical appliances at the power point. This will help to prevent equipment damage in the event of a power surge.
  • For more information, read our Guide to power outages brochure.


  • When there is a power cut, make sure heating and cooking appliances are turned off (there is a risk of fire if they come back on and there is no one at the property).

In the case of emergencies, householders are advised to contact their electricity and gas distributors.

Relevant contact details can be found on electricity bills or on the ESV website: esv.vic.gov.au/safety-education/emergencies/.

Media contact: Adrian Bernecich 0437 729 194 | adrian.bernecich@energysafe.vic.gov.au View as a PDF