Hori­zon warns pub­lic to steer clear of power as­sets

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A re­cent wave of dam­age to elec­tri­cal in­fra­struc­ture in Kar­ratha has prompted Hori­zon Power to re­mind in­di­vid­u­als to be safe around their as­sets.

Hori­zon Power re­tail man­ager Natalie Mans­field said the Kar­ratha crew has re­sponded to 22 call-outs since July last year to dam­aged mini-pil­lars or street lights.

“Elec­tric­ity is ex­tremely dan­ger­ous and dam­age to our elec­tri­cal in­fra­struc­ture can not only re­sult in power out­ages but has the po­ten­tial to cause in­jury or even death,” she said.

“The safety of the com­mu­nity is our num­ber one pri­or­ity. Peo­ple should make sure they ex­er­cise cau­tion around elec­tri­cal as­sets, check where pil­lars are on a site be­fore start­ing any work, and en­sure chil­dren don’t play on or around elec­tri­cal equip­ment.”

In the past 12 months, Hori­zon Power has recorded more than 70 in­ci­dents in which a third party has dam­aged elec­tri­cal as­sets.

Hori­zon Power launched its Be Aware of Elec­tric­ity cam­paign last month through­out the State.

Ms Mans­field said the cam­paign pro­moted elec­tri­cal safety mes­sages at home and at work while us­ing heavy or over­sized equip­ment.

“The cam­paign will also pro­mote gen­eral aware­ness of elec­tri­cal as­sets when en­joy­ing the out­doors, in par­tic­u­lar green domes given the transition to un­der­ground power in most ma­jor re­gional cen­tres and the grow­ing num­ber of in­ci­dents in­volv­ing these as­sets,” she said.

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