Power outages could affect your activities at your office, shop or business premises. They may also affect your business operations in other ways. Every business should consider the questions:-
Regarding your premises, you may find it useful to consider the following:-
Alarms – will your alarm system automatically re-start when power is restored? If your system has temporary back-up batteries, how long will they work for? Consult your instruction manual or contact your alarm installer or manufacturer for more information.
Electric gates and doors – some systems have an override (key or lever) to allow manual operation during a power outage. Check your user manual or contact the manufacturer for instructions. Some systems have battery backup and will continue to operate for a short time.
Electrical and electronic equipment – consider switching off or unplugging sensitive electrical and electronic equipment if a storm, outage or lightning strike seems possible. This may include computers and audio visual equipment. If any of your computers has an auto-save function, consider how frequently it operates.
Generators - use generators with extreme caution and only to power appliances directly. Do not connect the output to the switchboard or wiring as this can cause a safety risk for AusNet Services’ own field workers. Make sure a registered electrician undertakes any such work.
If you have any general enquiries about these matters, please ring us during business hours on 1300 360 795.
Faults and emergencies
To report faults or emergencies,
If you live an area prone to storms, we recommend making a plan to help you minimise risk and take action in the event of storm damage or a power outage. Some factors to consider before, during and after a storm are provided below and also in our Preparing for Storms brochure.
During a bushfire, you may experience interruptions to your electricity and/or gas supply, even if your property isn’t directly affected. For this reason, your bushfire contingency plan should factor in a possible loss of gas and electricity.
Some things to consider as part of your bushfire plan are provided below.