Trees and storms the biggest cause of unplanned outages

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Trees and tree branches falling onto poles and powerlines are the biggest cause of power outages in the ACT.

As we enter spring and with the stormy season just around the corner, vegetation too close to powerlines can cause unplanned outages.

ActewAGL Branch Manager Asset and Network Performance, Leylann Hinch, said the other causes of unplanned outages are inclement weather, equipment failures, damage by third parties and animals that come in contact with electricity wires causing damage.

“It’s why we ask everyone to keep their trees and vegetation at least 1.5 metres from lines and poles.

“If they are too close you should never trim them yourself, it can be really dangerous.

“Always have an ActewAGL accredited tree surgeon cut them back for you. They’re trained to do it safely.

“When unplanned outages occur, ActewAGL will always work as quickly and as safely as possible to get the power back on for you.

“If you see damaged electrical equipment, please stay clear for your safety. We encourage residents to report them to us on our emergencies and faults number 13 10 93.

To find out more about working together to keep it safe and to find a list of accredited tree surgeons, visit the ActewAGL website

Photo caption: Storm damage in Weetangera

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