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Power Outage

Only one in the street suffering a power outage? You might need an emergency electrician


Just like that, your television unexpectedly switched off.

And there goes the lamp. And wait – your laptop’s stopped charging. And so has your phone!

Uh-oh. Look like a power outage. There’s no need to panic. In fact, there are a few important things you should do to ensure you stay safe when you lose power. Prepare yourself for the unexpected with our advice!

Electrical safety

First, check if anyone else is in the same situation as you

If your suburb is experiencing wild weather like storms or severe lightening, it will likely disrupt the energy supply in your neighbourhood.

During the day this might be a bit harder to do, but at night, have a look out the window to your neighbours’ homes. Are their lights off, too? Do you see other curious people sticking their heads out from behind their curtains, just like you?

It’s not just me!

If you’re just one of several homes suffering a power outage, it is not an isolated case. That means the responsibility of getting your power reconnected lies with the big electricity and energy companies.

The best thing you can do here is be patient. Don’t flood the emergency service’s phone line with demands on what’s going on and when it will be fixed.

If your phone or computer has battery, you might like to do a quick Google search to see if your power company has identified and addressed the outage (and it’s likely they’re spreading updates through their social networks, too!)

Popular electricity providers in Victoria include:
• Lumo Energy
• Momentum Energy
• Origin Energy
• Red Energy

Don’t call an emergency electrician until you’ve determined your situation is isolated to your home only.

I’m the only one!

If you’ve determined you’re likely the sole household in your surrounds suffering from a power outage, there is one step you should begin with…

First, check your switchboard

This is the first line of defence in trying to determine an electrical problem or fault. Has your safety switch tripped? This is a GOOD thing –it means the safety switch is doing its job. Its determined an appliance in you house is faulty and as a result has cut off power to it to ensure safety.

If your safety switch has tripped, you need to do a little investigative work to determine what appliance is the cause. Unplug every appliance in your home. Can you reset the switch now, with nothing plugged in? Great – there’s nothing wrong with your safety switch, so you can continue reading.

Now, one by one, plug in each appliance, and in between, check if you can reset your safety switch. Keep doing this until you find the appliance that is causing the switch to trip. You’ve found it!

Common household appliances that trip safety switches include:
• Refrigerator
• Dishwasher
• Washing machine
• Dryer
• Microwave


If your safety switch is still tripping, even when nothing is plugged in, it’s likely that the switch is faulty. Without delay, call your emergency electrician. They will identify a fault and repair your switchboard and safety switch in a timely manner to eliminate the chances of some of the below situations.

Dangerous situations where you need an emergency electrician

Sparks or smoke emitting from power points or sockets

If a funny burning smell is developing or you’re noticing unsettling sparks coming out of power points, turn them off, immediately stop using them, and unplug the devices. If you’re not sure whether it’s a device or a plug that’s causing sparks and smoke, an emergency electrician can inspect and identify the issue, and then devise the solution.

Electrical fires

Overloaded circuits are a major cause of electrical fires. Cheap versions loaded with far too many devices can be a recipe for disaster.

If you or your family ever feel at risk from the dangers of electricity or an electrical appliance, call Briggs. We supply 24 hour emergency electricians across Bayside suburbs like Brighton, Black Rock, Sandringham, and Elwood, as well as surrounding suburbs like Richmond, South Yarra, Oakleigh, and Malvern.

Your family’s security and safety is your highest priority, and it’s ours, too. We’ll do what it takes – and we’ll do it at any hour of the day or night – to provide you with the peace of mind that your electricity, your devices, and your wiring is safe.

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