Western Power is reminding the community to Make the Safe Call in the event of an electrical emergency through the launch of a new public safety campaign.
Officially launching this weekend and running to mid-March, the campaign highlights that when it comes to electrical safety for the community, every bit helps.
“Weather can be unpredictable and with that can come unexpected electrical emergencies. While scenarios like vehicles hitting poles or debris and vegetation contacting powerlines are hard to plan for, we’re reminding the community of the steps they can take to help keep everyone safe,” Western Power Executive Manager for Asset Management, Gair Landsborough said.
“Through this campaign, we’re encouraging the community to call 13 13 51 in an electrical emergency and stay eight metres away from any damaged powerlines.
“It’s important for property owners to know that they need to engage a professional to trim vegetation near power lines and to tie down loose items ahead of a storm to prevent them flying into network infrastructure.
“Even the smallest contributions and actions from people can help make a big difference to community safety when it comes to electrical emergencies.”
Two common causes of safety hazards and power outages are tree branches and debris falling onto powerlines (usually due to high winds, stormy weather or property owners not trimming vegetation) and
vehicles coming into contact with power poles and lines.
“The safety of our crews and the community underpins everything we do and we work year-round to continue to maintain a safe and reliable network through programs like undergrounding and drone inspections,” he said.
While the official launch of the campaign will kick off this Sunday 12 February, regional WA got an early look at the campaign in January.
Ads will run from this weekend on TV, radio, online and on billboards in an effort to remind the community that no matter what the electrical emergency, Make the Safe Call to Western Power on 13 13 51.
For more information and to view the campaign visit westernpower.com.au/make-the-safe-call