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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Take extreme care with electricity during flood disaster

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Wednesday, January 12, 2011

    Take extreme care with electricity during flood disaster

    South-east Queensland residents and volunteers have been urged to exercise extreme caution while dealing with electrical issues during the current flood disaster.

    Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said the use of electricity and electrical equipment during the flood event posed significant safety risks.

    “This flood disaster has already had a tragic impact on many communities in south-east Queensland,” Mr Dick said.

    “Residents, business owners and volunteers need to take care with electrical equipment during the floods and the subsequent clean-up to avoid further tragedies.

    “Many homes are having their electrical supply turned off because of rising floodwaters.

    “Everyone needs to know that if their building has been inundated by floodwaters – whether it is their home or commercial premises – they must have it inspected by a licensed electrician before electricity can be reconnected.

    “When flood waters recede, home owners must engage a licensed electrical contractor to inspect the wiring to ensure it is safe. Once a contractor has provided written advice that it is safe to do so, electricity can be reconnected.”

    Mr Dick said care must also be taken with electrical equipment and appliances.

    “Damaged wiring and electrical equipment can cause electrocution, shocks and fires,” he said.

    “Rather than run the risk of a terrible accident occurring, residents need to work with electricians and their local electricity supplier to keep themselves and their staff safe.

    More information on electrical safety after wet weather and general electrical safety is available from Energex on 13 12 53, Ergon Energy on 13 10 46, the Electrical Safety Office on 1300 650 662, or at www.electricalsafety.qld.gov.au.

    Media contacts: Attorney-General and Industrial Relations Minister 3239 3487