A power outage? Not again!
You’re planning to do your laundry, vacuum your home, or simply take a hot shower. But as luck would have it, that’s when your power has turned off.
Unscheduled power outages can bring a lot of frustration, especially if you’re not sure if it’s a planned, short-term disruption, or an unexpected outage. Depending on the other factors like strong rain, wind and storms or accidents, power restoration may take longer.
So what do you do during a power outage, particularly in cases where it seems your home is the only one that;s been affected in the neighbourhood?
When it comes to a power outage, electric failure and power line damage, the best thing to do is to contact Briggs’ electricians in Melbourne by 1300 300 222.
Just a quick note that any area-wide outages (that is, more than your own home is affected) indicate a power supply issue. In such cases, restoring power is the responsibility of your power company. In isolated cases, your local electrician can help!
Common causes of a power outage
When dealing with a power outage, it is best to always prioritise comfort and safety. In most cases, power outages indicate a problem with your electrical system or a specific appliance, and are usually no cause for great concern.
However, it’s crucial you take the right measures to protect your home and family and reduce the chances of any severe damage or risk.
However, without knowing the cause, the risks are often unclear, too. Some of the most common causes of blackhours include:
- Storms, rain, and heavy wind
- Fallen trees damaging power lines
- Car accidents
- Electrical failure
What to do during a power outage
Protecting your home (and those inside) from any damage caused by power outage should be your number one concern. Proper planning supersedes any worries that you may have when a power outage strikes.
The best thing that you should do is to plan what you should do before, during, and after the power outage.
You may also need to prepare a family emergency plan so that everyone in your household knows what to do in case of an emergency. You can also prepare an emergency kit for your family.
Here are some additional steps that you can take on what you can do during a power outage.
Double check the coverage of the power outage
You might not even know it, but the power outage may only be happening in your house.
During a power outage, you may need to check if your neighbours have power. If they do, this indicates a localised issue with your home only.
If you discover that the wires may be damaged, you may need to call an emergency electrician to check.
It is best to also save the number of your electric supply provider and your electrician in Melbourne, especially when an emergency situation like this happens.
Turn off all appliances
A power surge may trigger or accompany a power outage, which is why you must turn off all electrical appliances, gadgets, and other electronic equipment.
Doing so will save your appliances from any damage due to an unexpected or unprecedented power surge.
Don’t leave candles unattended
While using candles as a light source during a blackout is common, it’s critical you keep them out of reach of children and other obstacles like paper or curtains.
Never leave them unattended, and use a torch instead, whenever possible.
Prepare battery-powered equipment and home generators
Before any power outage, make sure that you also prepare battery-powered appliances, mobile phone power banks and radio transistors, so you’re able to keep updated when a storm hits and call the emergency hotline for help.
While these sorts of tools might not be necessary if you live in the suburbs or rarely face blackouts, if you live in an area that has frequent power disruptions, a generator can be a smart investment to ensure a back-up power source when these incidents occur.
Do not open your freezer
Never open your freezer unless absolutely necessary. This will help protect food inside and reduce the risk of it spoiling. A fridge may keep food cold for 4 hours, while a freezer may keep food frozen for 24-48 hours, if left unopened.
(This is a guide only and we do not make any guarantees around food safety; please make these decisions at your own discretion.)
Install a surge-protecting power bar
Protect your home appliances before power outage hits by using surge-protecting power bars. Doing so will protect your electrical appliances from the surge and therefore from potential damage.
Should you turn off your breakers during power outages?
Turning off power breakers has been a common practice for homeowners during a power outage.
However, turning them off and on again plus repeatedly flipping the switch can cause an electrical hazard or at the very least, some damage. The best thing to do is to leave it as is during a power outage.
Having said though, circuit breakers will automatically shut off, especially if there is already an overload.
What to do after a power outage
Even if you see that power has come back on, we recommend waiting a further 10-20 minutes to ensure that power has been restored completely.
Before connecting all your devices and appliances, make sure that you check the surge protectors first.
If you’re worried or confused, call your local emergency electrician to assess the issue and identify any potential dangers.
Suffering a power failure? Worried about the after-effects of a blackout?
Call an emergency electrician in Melbourne!
If an electrical fault causes a power outage in your home (and your home alone), then it is best to call an emergency electrician in Melbourne for immediate advice and support.
We’ll give you the peace of mind you need to ensure that your home’s electrical system is safe and fit for purpose, your safety switch is working as it should, and there are no hidden electrical faults or dangers in your system.