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, a power outage or blackout can range from a minor 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.
RACV Emergency Home Assist can help with loss of power to all or part of of your home including electrical faults due to storms or flooding (excludes area-wide power outages and blackouts).