Essential Energy has developed a large online information resource to help educate the public about safety around electricity.

The information, which can be found at, includes numerous fact sheets, videos for free download and safety signs and stickers that can be ordered.

Essential Energy public safety specialist, John Brennan, said the information had been developed to help all sections of the community stay safe around the electricity network.

“The safety of our employees and the public is Essential Energy’s highest priority,” John said.

“We have up-to-date, relevant information for DIY home renovators through to construction and agriculture workers, emergency services personnel and everyone in-between.

“One of our newer offerings is free maps, which plot our power network against the cadastral or topographic features. They are particularly useful for pilots and property owners involved in agricultural activities, as they highlight potentially hazardous areas.”

He said the fact sheets included practical information and advice about safety in the home and workplace, during floods and bushfires, when using portable generators, and when planting trees and shrubs anywhere near powerlines.

“We also offer advice about electrical safety during storms and in their aftermath, particularly when powerlines are damaged or on the ground,” John said.

“This is information everybody should know. Stay at least eight metres away from fallen or sagging powerlines and anything they may be touching and immediately call Essential Energy on 13 20 80, so the site can be made safe and the damage repaired.”

He said the resources were continually being updated. Upcoming additions include a safety video for people transporting high loads; a cotton harvest safety video; and information about electrical safety when excavating.

Essential Energy can also provide electrical hazard awareness sessions to organisations free of charge.

These can be arranged by telephoning 13 23 91 and asking to speak to a member of the Public Safety Team.

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