What to do before the power goes off

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Despite Western Power's best efforts, you may still lose power for extended periods during the bush fire season and winter months. Without power, you may not be able to operate cordless telephones, automatic doors, water pumps and other electrical devices, so it's important to have a backup plan.

Ways to stay aware and prepared:

  • If you care for someone who is sick or elderly, operate a business or you rely on electrical pumps for water, Western Power recommends you maintain your own emergency electricity and water supply.
  • If you have a generator, keep it filled with fuel and ready to operate.
  • If you have automatic garage doors or gates, learn how to operate them manually before an outage occurs.
  • Keep you mobile telephone and other important devices charged up. Remember, you can recharge many devices in your car.
  • Keep a torch and radio in an accessible place and have spare batteries on hand.
  • If you don't have a surge protector, during an outage unplug sensitive appliances such as computers, TVs and sound systems to protect them when power is restored.
  • Stay informed by checking for Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Bans at dfes.wa.gov.au
  • If you see a fallen power line, stay clear and call Western Power's 24/7 emergency line on 13 13 51
  • For up-to-date information about outages, download the Western Power app and register your property to receive alerts and SMS updates.

If you're not sure about anything electrical in your home, talk to Laser Electrical Bunbury, we're happy to assist.