What to do in a power outage or blackout
Sometimes scheduled, sometimes sudden and dangerous, and always inconvenient - here’s what to do when the power goes out.
Power outages and blackouts always seem to happen at the most inopportune times. Whether you’re in the middle of your favourite TV series or movie, cooking dinner or on the computer for work or study, a power outage or blackout can range from a minor, short inconvenience to something more dangerous and prolonged.
Occasionally, your electricity provider may give you advance warning of a scheduled power outage to undertake essential maintenance work – enabling you to get organised for an outage that typically lasts just a few hours.
Sudden and severe weather such as storms, floods, strong winds, bushfires, heatwaves and other events however are all major contributors to power outages and blackouts in Victoria, with the potential to disrupt power to affected properties for days, and even weeks in their aftermath.
Depending on the nature of the power outage or blackout, planning and preparedness can reduce the impact on your household, while comprehensive home insurance coverage may cover you for damage caused to your property or contents during things that cause you to lose power such as fires, floods or storms.