Home handypeople and campers urged to take care: Ergon

ERGON Energy is urging Fraser Coast residents to stay safe around electricity this Easter and to take particular care with home handy work and during holiday trips and camping.

General manager service delivery northern Paul Ryan said any outdoors fun could bring people into the vicinity of overhead powerlines.

"Be sure to keep children's toys, kites and other things well clear," he said.

Mr Ryan also reminded people about electrical safety around generators, with their increasing use during camping trips for many people in recent years.

"Generators have become more affordable and they can make the traditional Easter camping trip more comfortable," he said.

"But don't let that comfort turn to tragedy.

"Always strictly follow manufacturer's instructions with generators, take extra care with leads and plug connections, keep water or moisture well away and never use generators in or near enclosed places of any kind."

Mr Ryan said many people did maintenance and renovations at Easter and home handy work usually involved electrical equipment.

"We are urging people to heed simple safety advice this Easter when undertaking work around the home to keep both them and their loved ones safe," he said.

Mr Ryan said electrical wiring and repairs around the home should never be attempted by the home handyperson.

"It's dangerous and illegal for an unlicensed person to do any electrical work in the home," he said.

"Serious electrical incidents can and do result from unlicensed wiring and electrical work."

Certain jobs outside of the home also presented risks.

"If you do have any trees or branches around power lines don't try to trim them yourself," Mr Ryan advised.

"Always call in a professional."

He reminded tree trimmers to "look up and live" if working near the service line that connected power to the home.

"Even if you are using a metal ladder or pool scoop, clearing gutters or painting," Mr Ryan said.

"Stay at least 3m from the line and attachment point as contact could seriously injure or kill.

For more safety tips and to view Ergon Energy's quick safety videos, visit ergon.com.au.



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