Summer's a great time to be out and about enjoying Northland's beautiful environment or working outside. But it's important to be aware of any electricity hazards nearby.
Just think - does it look right?
Here's some top tips on staying safe around powerlines and cables this summer.
Before you hit the water, make sure you don't hit powerlines. Masts and electricity are not a good mix.
Take care when transporting your boat to and from the water - ensure you know how high your load is.
Also remember to look out for underwater cable markers when anchoring. These are indicated by a sign showing a white triangle with the words 'CABLE' on the shore. The boat skipper is responsible for any damage to underwater cables.
If you're going kite flying with the kids, make sure you're well clear of overhead powerlines and trees.
Kids can be curious but they should never touch or climb power poles.
If you're looking for a educational but fun way to help your kids become more electricity aware, check out our fun 'spot the danger' activity sheet to start the conversation!
Worksafe New Zealand have some great advice on using gas and electricity safely in summer.
Take a look at their funny and informative 'Claude the Cat' videos for some tips on keeping safe.
View Worksafe NZ's safety advice here
If you spot trees or bamboo touching lines, here's what to do.
Please don't plant LARGE trees near powerlines. It could cost you money or a life - that's not worth it.
If you do want to landscape near or under lines, check out our handy guide to shrubs and small trees suitable for planting near powerlines.
You won't finish if you're not around!
If you're roofing, spouting, painting and water blasting, tree trimming or installing scaffolding anywhere near powerlines talk to us about arranging a FREE temporary power disconnection while you do the work.
Don't leave it until the last minute though - you'll need to book at least two working days in advance.
For any further advice on staying safe around electricity this summer please get in touch, we're happy to help.Contact Us