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Powerco issues safety warning as storm approaches

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Powerco is asking people in Taranaki, Coromandel, South Waikato and Tauranga to prepare for strong winds by securing objects that could blow into overhead power lines.

Field crews are on standby ready to respond should severe wind gusts and heavy rain arrive today and tomorrow as forecast. 

Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said trampolines, outdoor furniture and other heavy items should be securely fixed to the ground. 

“Wind-blown trampolines have caused multiple power cuts in previous storms.” 

Other steps householders can take to prepare for possible power cuts include stocking up on torches and batteries and having a battery-powered radio. 

“Make sure you have plenty of water and food supplies, and listen to the radio for up-to-date information.” 

Mr Marsh said people should call 0800 272727 (Powerco) or 111 for emergencies such as trees in power lines or lines down. 

Powerco is mindful it is the school holidays and warns parents living in storm affected areas to keep themselves and their children away from downed power lines. 

Downed lines must be treated as live at all times and people need to stay at least 4m away from them. 

Customers wanting information about power cuts can go to http://www.powerco.co.nz/power-cuts/ or call their electricity retailer.

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