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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.
Working through your to-do list over the break? Look up and look out for overhead lines when working with objects like ladders, aerials or scaffolding, and don't let them come in contact with electricity.
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.
Taking the boat out over 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.
Catching up on your gardening? Plant the right tree in the right place - keep well away from powerlines and make sure the branches stay trimmed in case they get too close. Please don't plant LARGE trees near powerlines. It could cost you money or a life - that's not worth it.
If you spot trees or bamboo touching lines, here's what to do.
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.
Anyone get electronics for Christmas? Charge devices on flat firm surfaces, never on beds or under pillows, they can overheat and cause a fire. Always turn off and unplug chargers when not in use.
Did someone get a drone for Christmas? Please make sure you keep children safe this summer - ensure kites and drones are only flown in clear spaces without any powerlines, power poles and substations.
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!
Putting up any Christmas lights? Make sure you use an RCD (Residual Current Device) for outdoor decorations. RCDs should be used for all outdoor power needs especially camping.
RCDs are life-saving devices which are designed to prevent you from getting a fatal electric shock, as well as provide some protection against electrical fires. RCDs offer a level of protection that ordinary fuses and circuit-breakers cannot provide.
Travelling around with the family? Under New Zealand law, holiday parks and marinas will require your boat or caravan to have a current EWOF before supplying you with a powered site. Make sure you apply for one if you haven't already.
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
For any further advice on staying safe around electricity this summer please get in touch, we're happy to help.Contact Us