Why are the power lines so high up in the sky?
So they are out of our reach and we stay safe! Sometimes the power lines travel underground for the same reason.
Electricity could be travelling around your street at levels as high as 220,000 volts. This is so the electricity reaches the furthest home at the end of the line.
Horizon Power are doing everything they can to keep the power lines out of your way, but there are some things you can do to stay safe outside too:
Play away from powerlines.
Do not climb trees or fences if they are near powerlines.
If you see a tree growing into a powerline, let an adult know so they can make sure the tree is safely cut away.
If you see a fallen powerline, never go near it, tell an adult who will call Horizon Power immediately on 13 23 51.
Fallen powerlines may look harmless, but they could be deadly. Always assume that a fallen powerline is carrying electricity.
When you are around your home:
Remember to keep water away from electricity.
Never use portable appliances, power tools or extension leads in water or when it is raining.
Ask an adult to help you check all outdoor power points are weatherproof and suitable for outdoor use. Remember to keep them away from pools, fish ponds and other water sources.
Check with an adult if your house uses residual current devices (RCDs) and, if not, use a portable safety switch when using electrical appliances outdoors.
If you or anyone else feels tingling in your hands or arms when using a tap, tell an adult straight away. They will switch off the power at the main switch and call Horizon Power immediately on 13 23 51.
Cyclones and Storms
Summer in the Midwest, Pilbara and Kimberley is the time of year when cyclones are around. The southern areas of Western Australia normally experience big storms during winter.
Wherever you live in Western Australia, here are some things to remember when getting ready for bad weather:
Make sure your trees are away from powerlines.
Put away bikes, toys, chairs, umbrellas and other outdoor equipment so the strong winds can’t move them around.
Have an emergency kit ready with a radio, torch, spare batteries, water bottles and blankets.
Unplug all electrical equipment in your home to protect from power surges.
Report any power emergencies to Horizon Power on 13 23 51, or the State Emergency Services on 132 500.
- When you go outside after a cyclone or big storm, you might see fallen powerlines on the ground. Stay far away and let an adult know they should call Horizon Power on 13 23 51.