Bushfire season and helicopter patrols

Canfan 7 November 2014

ActewAGL would like to remind Canberra residents that we’re now in bushfire season. Bushfires are an inevitable part of the Australian landscape, however, there’s a lot you can do before and during a bushfire to protect your home and help keep our community safe.

Fires can start from fallen powerlines, trees touching powerlines or damaged assets that have exposed electrical wires. These safety hazards should be reported immediately to ActewAGL’s 24-hour emergencies and faults line, 13 10 93. ActewAGL also reminds the community to stay clear of the area and not touch anything in contact with the hazard.

General Manager Asset Management Stephen Devlin said, “There is an increased risk of bushfires in the capital this year, as additional rainfall has led to overgrown vegetation and grass in many open areas.

“We’re asking people to be vigilant and report serious hazards to us. People can also do their bit on their own properties. Trees and vegetation need to be a minimum distance of 1.5 metres away from powerlines. If trees and vegetation are within 1.5 metres, only ActewAGL accredited tree surgeons are authorised to cut them back from powerlines.”

As well as inspecting powerlines from the ground throughout Canberra we also use helicopter patrols that fly approximately 250 metres above ground to carry out inspections.

Everyday our teams are out in the Canberra community fixing and maintaining our network. But it’s also important for the community to do their bit to reduce the risk of bushfires and keep vegetation on their property well clear of electricity infrastructure.

For more information about preparing your home for bushfire season go to the ACT Emergency Service Agency’s website esa.act.gov.au

For a list of ActewAGL accredited tree surgeons go to actewagl.com.au/safety

(ActewAGL Media Release)

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