As the weather heats up, many Victorians are getting power prepared.
Through another challenging year, we’ve continued to prepare the network so it can be safe, reliable and in the best position to meet the peak demands of summer.
This year, we:
There are some simple things you can do to help reduce the impact of unexpected power outages over summer.
Emergency kit – keep an emergency kit in an easy-to-access place and tell everyone in the home where it is. As a start, include a battery-operated radio (to get important updates) a torch, spare batteries and bottled water.
Food safety – keep the food in your fridge or freezer fresh by keeping the doors closed when possible. For more food safety tips, call the Department of Health on 1300 650 172 or visit Food safety during power outages.
Appliances – consider switching off or unplugging sensitive electrical and electronic equipment during an outage.
Water pumps – if you use electricity to run a water pump, make sure you have an alternative water source to use during an outage.
Electric doors and gates – if your property has electric gates or doors, make sure they have a backup battery, or if you can operate them manually.
Travel safely – there may be some changes to local road conditions or traffic management while the power is off, especially during bushfire season.
Stay connected – your family or neighbours might need extra support during power outages. If you can, ask them if there’s anything they need help with.
For more information, see Power prepared.