26 September 2023

Flood crisis prompts warning for homes

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Building and Energy is urging Kimberley residents to be aware of potential electrical, gas, plumbing and structural hazards in their homes as a result of the region’s recent severe flooding.

Acting Executive Director of Building and Energy, Nabil Yazdani said people should never attempt any electrical work themselves and should not use damaged electrical appliances.

“All flood-affected homes must be electrically safe before power is restored and any building repairs begin,” Mr Yazdani said.

“Only a licensed electrical contractor has the expertise to check a property’s electrical safety,” he said.

“Any shocks or tingles from metal objects at a property should be reported to Horizon Power straight away, as this can be a sign of a serious electrical fault.”

He said Horizon Power should also be contacted if the flood caused network damage such as fallen power lines.

“If a generator is being used, it must only be connected to the home’s electrical installation via a generator change-over switch if a network connection exists,” Mr Yazdani said.

“Portable generators require a generator inlet socket that has been fitted by a licensed electrician at the switchboard.”

He said gas leaks should be reported to emergency services and the area should be kept clear of people and ignition sources.

“If gas cylinders are damaged, or are retrieved after displacement, do not use them and contact the gas supplier listed on the cylinder in the first instance,” Mr Yazdani said.

“Flooding may also have significant impacts on plumbing and drainage, which should be checked by a licensed plumber when possible.”

More information was available from the Building and Energy website at this PS News link.

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