Unison Networks is currently experiencing widespread outages across its network regions as the wild weather wreaks havoc on the network.
Unison staff have been working hard to restore power where alternative supply is possible said Relationship Manager, Danny Gough but conditions were too rough to send crews out.
“We’re starting to feel the effects now of ex-Cyclone Cook as strong winds and heavy rain take a toll on the network, but things could get worse.
“In weather like this, it is imperative we make sure it is safe for our team to carry out repairs. So, we ask for our customers’ patience.”
Unison has extra crews on stand-by to start repairs when it’s safe to do so, but is also urging customers to ensure they are prepared for potentially long periods without power.
“We are also mindful of our customers who are medically dependant on power, so we urge them to make alternative arrangements and liaise with their medical providers for advice,” says Danny.
During power outages, Unison regularly advises the following safety precautions:
- Check for fallen or damaged electricity lines. Never touch wires or lines lying on the ground, hanging from poles, or objects such as tree branches that may be touching them. Fallen lines or wires may still be carrying an electrical current and could shock, injure or even kill if touched. Unison is urging anyone who sees a power line down to call 0800 2 Unison.
- Turn off the power at the main switch if you suspect any electrical damage in your home. If the power goes out, turn off all electrical appliances to prevent possible damage by a power surge when the electricity supply is restored.
- Remember that if the electricity network is damaged, it might take some time to get reconnected, so make sure you have a battery operated radio, a torch, spare batteries, and a full gas bottle for your BBQ as part of your emergency kit.
- Medically dependant customers are advised to prepare for the likelihood of no power and make alternative arrangements in advance.