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In support of the Victorian Government’s Powerline Bushfire Safety Program, Bunnings is encouraging residents to be prepared for power outages.

Power outages can occur at any time, especially in the hotter months, leaving homes without electricity. To ensure you’re not left in the dark, it’s important to prepare, especially if a power outage occurs for an extended period of time.

The best way to get through a power outage safely is to ensure you have the appropriate equipment in the house. Bunnings has a wide range of products that will ensure that you have light, access to  information, and protection for your appliances and electronics in the event that a power outage occurs.

For information and resources on how to prepare for power outages head to the Victorian Government’s website.

Preparation

There are a number of things you can do to prepare for power outages:

  • Use a licensed electrician to do all electrical work, including connecting temporary generators to household wiring
  • Ensure you have access to a phone that doesn’t rely on electricity, and have important contact numbers easily available
  • If using candles during a power outage, make sure that naked flames are safely away from flammable materials
  • Listen to the news on a battery-powered radio to receive updates on weather conditions and other important information

Checklist

There are also a number of items that are essential in the event of a power outage, especially in the event when a power outage occurs for several hours.

  • Torches
  • Lanterns
  • Batteries
  • Generators
  • Power boards (surge protecting)
  • Cordless radios
  • Rechargable tea candles
  • Candles
  • Matches
  • First aid kit
  • Handy Multi Tool

 

Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.