Fire and flood safety around transmission towers and lines. Powerlink's high voltage network extends 1,700km from north of Cairns to New South Wales, comprising of 15,500 circuit kilometres of transmission lines.

Fire and transmission line safety

Fire burning beneath or near transmission lines or substations can endanger people, animals and property, and has the potential to interrupt electricity supply to customers.

If you see a fire burning near our lines or substations, call 000 immediately. Please also notify Powerlink on 1800 353 031, even if you’re unsure what risk the fire poses.

  • You can tell if it’s one of our transmission lines by the identification label located on the transmission tower leg.
  • It’s important you seek our advice and approval as early as possible before undertaking any activity involving our lines by calling 1800 353 031.
  • If you’re involved in fire management or control activities, please follow the additional safety information contained in the National Guidelines on Electrical Safety for Emergency Personnel.

Information sheets outlining fire safety procedures:


Floods and transmission line safety

Floods and high voltage electricity can be dangerous, so it’s important to act safely around any transmission lines or substations which are flooded.

For life threatening situations call 000, and for any transmission lines or towers that have blown down or if lines are much lower than usual call Powerlink on 1800 353 031.


  • 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 too could be ‘live’ with electricity.
  • When driving on the road, don’t drive across fallen transmission lines.
  • If your boat or vehicle does become 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.

Information sheet outlining floods safety procedures: