Residents and businesses warned to prepare for bushfire season

Ausgrid is urging customers in bushfire prone areas to prepare for the upcoming bushfire season.

Ausgrid has urged property owners with private poles and power lines to prepare for the bushfire danger period – September to April.

There are almost 40,000 privately-owned power poles located in bushfire zones within Ausgrid’s network area.

General Manager Network Services David Pengilly said customers needed to ensure the safe operation and maintenance of poles and wires on their properties.

“Clashing or fallen powerlines, damaged equipment and interference by vegetation can all pose a serious bushfire risk,” Mr Pengilly said.

“Any equipment connected to the electricity network must also be operating safely, and property owners are responsible for maintaining any private poles and powerlines on their land.”

While property owners are expected to arrange their own regular safety inspections of poles and powerlines, including any sub-mains, before the start of the bushfire season, Ausgrid crews will be carrying out safety patrols to check private poles and powerlines over the bushfire season.

Ausgrid advises that if access to private properties is required, customers will be advised prior to the visit and asked to provide details of locked gates or livestock.