Put safety first

Stay Safe

Top 5 Stay
Safe tips

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  1. Always disconnect before you work near power lines. It’s free to disconnect during business hours.
  2. Keep trees clear of lines. Use a SafeTrim or SafeDisconnect service to help reduce outages and stay safe.
  3. Check your overhead lines are safe. Start with the self-check tool and if in doubt, ask for a free safe-line check.
  4. Locate underground cables before you dig. You can request the SafeDig service here.
  5. Working near electrical assets remember to take out a close approach permit.





Be safe
doing DIY

Working with power or  near power lines carries risk. Take care for your own sake, and for the sake of your family.

  • Locate underground cables before you dig. Request a SafeDig service.
  • Be smart with power tools. Don’t use them in the wet, especially if the tool or the cord is damaged.
  • Not all tools are made for outdoors. Check that anything electrical you take outside is designed to be used outside, and remember to use an isolating transformer or residual current device when working outside.
  • Take care with ladders. Be aware of power lines and request a SafeDisconnect if working anywhere near lines.
  • Remember the top five electrical safety tips above to help make your home an electrically safe place.
  • Repair or replace damaged appliances and frayed, melted or broken cords.

Be safe
at home

Put safety first every day by following these simple tips and teaching the whole family to take care
with electricity, and all forms of energy.

  • Turn power points off at the wall before you unplug them.
  • Don’t overload. It’s not OK to have one multi-board plugged into another multi-board, or double plugs piggy-backing off each other.
  • If it’s electrical keep it clean.  Unfortunately it is important to clean your oven, cook top, range-hood filters and air-conditioner filters regularly.
  • Never poke anything into electrical devices while they are plugged in. Switch off and unplug the toaster before retrieving tasty morsels or clearing crumbs.
  • Prevent fire. Switch things off before you leave home, especially heaters, your oven and your stove. Always make sure you have lots of clear space around your appliances.
  • Remember that electricity and water can be a fatal mix.  Household appliances and extension cords should not be used near water. Never use a portable heater in the bathroom appliance that has been dunked in water, and take special care near plugs in wet areas like the kitchen or bathroom or when your hands are wet.
  • Take care with ladders. Look up before you erect or move them. Always ask for the power to be disconnected before you climb a ladder that is anywhere near power lines or the service lines going into your home.
  • Take extra care with DIY projects. Be sure to check out how to be safe doing DIY before you start.
  • Look after young children by covering power points with safety caps.

Be safe
at work

Here are some work place no-no’s we’ve spied and some ideas for fixing
them. Check for these safety tips for your place of work.

  • Damaged appliances and frayed cables need to be repaired or replaced, and some specialist equipment should be sent for testing regularly. Ask your suppliers what testing your equipment needs.
  • No train, no gain. Be sure everyone at your work place knows how to use the electrical equipment you have, knows where to find, and how to use, the fire extinguisher, and knows what to do if someone gets an electric shock.
  • You spend a lot of time at work. Remember that the tips for being safe at home and when doing DIY also help at work.
  • Don’t forget the top five electrical safety tips above for making your workplace an electrically safe place!

Be safe
at play

Here’s some ideas to keep kids and big kids safe to play another day. Why not help others by making your own play safe poster or video about how to be safe? If you do, we’d love to see it!

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  • Climbing trees? Look up and look out for power lines.  Electricity can go through the branch and through you.
  • Flying kites? Stay away from power lines. Kite strings can conduct electricity.
  • Out exploring?  Remember to keep well away from all electrical installations. If it is marked with danger signs or high voltage signs, stay out and stay off.  If you lose your ball or other toy over the fence call 0800 100 202 and we will get it out for you.
  • Like electronic toys?  We do too.  Just please don’t get them wet, and always make sure they are switched off at the wall before you plug them in or unplug them.
  • Towing or boating? Remember to check your load is not too high to get under power lines, and watch for lines and cables when you’re boating near land.
  • Water and electricity don’t mix. Keep everything electrical away from water and never ever put it in water if it is still plugged in.
  • Remind the adults around you about the top five electrical safety tips above for making your place an electrically safe place!

Be safe on
the farm

Farmers know about risk.
They also know how easy it is to take your eye off the ball. Keep your eyes
peeled for:

  • Overhead lines. Watch that you don’t contact them with a post rammer, high load or other tall equipment and make regular checks that there are no loose or fallen lines.
  • Underground cables. Locate them before you dig, thrust or bull-doze and if you have any doubt about where your cables are, request a SafeDig service first.
  • Trees near power lines. Remember to use a SafeDisconnect or SafeTrim service to keep trees well clear of power lines. Keeping your trees clear of lines could save a life.  
  • Signs of wear and tear on your lines. Most lines on farms are privately owned. Check them often. 
  • Electric fence safety. Be sure your fence equipment meets AS/NZS 2014 and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Take special care with fences near overhead lines. Also, please help others by putting signs on electric fences beside roads and other places the public access.
  • Don’t forget the top five electrical tips above for making your place an electrically safe place!


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