Friday 21 November, 2014 – Unison Networks today advised its customers in Hawke’s Bay to prepare for periods without power, with high winds and wild weather forecasted to hit the region.
Unison Networks’ Relationship & Customer Care Manager, Danny Gough, said extra crews had been rostered on, along with additional call centre staff.
“Following damage to the network during last week’s wild winds, we are preparing to cope with a similar situation this weekend.
“Severe gale-force winds, like we have been experiencing recently, can bring lines down and cause trees and debris to damage the network.
“Our crews are set for a potentially busy weekend, but in severe weather conditions, it is imperative we make sure it is safe for them to carry out repairs.”
He said it was therefore timely for customers to prepare for power outages, and ensure the safety of themselves and others.
“As part of your household emergency kit, make sure you have a battery operated radio and torch, a full gas bottle for cooking on your BBQ, and if you rely on electricity for heating, we also recommend a portable gas heater.
“In preparation for the high wind, you should secure any lose materials on your property, and if outdoors, be cautious of trees and flying debris.”
Should the power go out, Unison advises the following safety precautions:
- Check for fallen or damaged power lines. Never touch wires or lines lying on the ground, hanging from poles, or objects such as trees 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.
- 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 may take a number of hours to be reconnected, so make sure you have your household emergency kit ready.
For more information, contact:
Danny Gough, Unison Relationship & Customer Care Manager
Important information sources:
- To report a fault, call 0800 2 UNISON.
- Learn more about safety around fallen power lines, and being prepared for no power: http://www.unison.co.nz/tell-me-about/safety/safety-around-fallen-power-lines.