Call 000 for life threatening situations. Call Powerlink on freecall 1800 353 031 for any transmission lines or towers that have blown down or if lines are much lower than usual.
Treat all electrical equipment as ‘live’, and maintain a safe distance (at least six metres) from transmission lines at all times. Never approach fallen lines.
Don’t steer your boat across transmission lines that are in the water and be on the lookout for any trees which may have fallen across lines as they could be ‘live’ with electricity.
When driving on the road, don’t drive across fallen transmission lines.
If your boat or vehicle does becomes tangled in fallen transmission lines, stay in the vehicle until the lines are proven safe. If it’s a life threatening situation (such as the vehicle bursts into flames), jump out and land with both feet together, then hop away for at least 10 metres—making sure both feet are always together.
Read our Floods and transmission line safety brochure outlining safety procedures relating to floods.