Stay at least 8 metres away and make the safe call to Western Power
on 13 13 51
Damaged powerlines can be dangerous
Make the safe call and report an electrical emergency immediately on 13 13 51 to keep you and your community safe.
Make the safe call 13 13 51 24/7 emergency line
Every year, stormy weather and high winds blow debris into powerlines, causing power outages and safety hazards. It happens most during summer and winter storm seasons – but we know storms can hit any time during the year.
It’s important to be prepared and know how to respond if debris is blown into the electricity network – damaged powerlines can cause safety hazards and power outages for you and your neighbours.
The main thing to know is if you see a fallen or damaged powerline in your community, make the safe call to our 24/7 call centre immediately on 13 13 51. We’ll make the area safe and work to restore power as quickly as possible.
Pack away loose debris: If a storm is coming to your area, you can prepare by putting away or securing loose materials. Wind borne debris can blow into overhead powerlines and cause power outages in your area.
Vehicles contact power poles more often than you’d think.
If you crashed into a power pole and a powerline was draped across your vehicle, would you stay in the car or get out?
If you’re confronted with a fallen powerline, always assume it’s live. It all has to do with step potential.
See step potential in action and how to avoid it in this short video:
When a live powerline hits the ground, electricity passes into the earth and fans outwards, with the voltage reducing the further away from the point of ground contact.
If you have a foot in one zone, and your other foot in another zone, the voltage difference would travel through your body and give you a hazardous shock.
So if you’re faced with a fallen powerline in your immediate area, here’s what to do:
Road traffic accidents involving powerlines or poles are more common than you think. In 2016, 203 cars, trucks and equipment came into contact with our network.
If you are unfortunate to be in a road accident that results in a powerline draped over or next to your vehicle, your actions are simple:
If a storm, vehicle or tree has brought down a powerline next to you – or you accidently walk into an area close to a fallen powerline – follow these steps:
It’s important to remember this simple advice if you come face to face with a powerline on the ground, on top of your car or in your immediate vicinity.