Storm safety warning

WITH predictions that New South Wales is facing the most damaging storm season in decades, local Essential Energy crews are on standby, ready to deal with any damage and restore power to local communities.

Essential Energy's regional general manager South Eastern, Phillip Green, said electrical storms were a constant threat to the overhead power network and urged households to stay safe during severe weather events.

"Keep safety front of mind during a severe thunderstorm by remaining indoors and unplugging sensitive electrical appliances," Mr Green said.

"Avoid using electrical appliances or wired telephones during storms as the lightning can travel along the cable and deliver an electric shock to the user."

If lightning strikes, remember that surrounding objects such as fences, trees and vehicles may also become energised.

"If a powerline looks as though it has been damaged, remain at least eight metres clear and report the incident to Essential Energy as soon as it is safe to do so," he said.

Despite the fact lightning is an unavoidable natural occurrence, Essential Energy has measures in place to minimise the intensity of damage to powerlines.

"Customers can be assured that when storms damage powerlines, Essential Energy crews will be working as quickly as safely will allow to restore power to customers," Mr Green said.

To report storm damage and power interruptions, contact Essential Energy on 13 20 80.

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