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Lis­ten to lo­cal ra­dio

With the power out, there is lit­tle to no ac­cess to tele­vi­sions or the in­ter­net.

There­fore, it is im­por­tant to lis­ten to a bat­tery-pow­ered ra­dio for up­dates on when it is safe to go out­side or if any emer­gency sit­u­a­tions have un­folded be­fore, dur­ing or af­ter a cy­clone.

Don’t go out­side un­til ad­vised

Un­til an of­fi­cial state­ment has been re­leased that gives res­i­dents the green light to go out­side, it is im­por­tant to re­main in­doors.

SES and emer­gency work­ers are work­ing hard to clear de­bris and make the area safe, so it is im­por­tant to not hin­der the process.

Pow­er­lines can be hid­den in wa­ter and in bushes or trees, mak­ing the like­li­hood of an elec­tric shock all the greater.

Don’t go sight­see­ing

Although it may be tempting to leave the house and take a look at the dam­age a cy­clone has caused, it can still be very dan­ger­ous to be out­side.

Car ac­ci­dents can be more likely as driv­ers may not have full at­ten­tion on the roads while tak­ing a look at the cy­clone’s af­ter­math.

Don’t use elec­tric ap­pli­ances if wet

To avoid ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an elec­tric shock, it is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant you do not use elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances when they are wet.

Be­ware of de­bris, fallen pow­er­lines and dam­aged trees

When it is de­clared safe to go out­side, it is vi­tal you stay clear of de­bris and fallen pow­er­lines and are par­tic­u­larly wary of dam­aged trees, which could fall.

Even when pow­er­lines are ly­ing on roads, they can still be live and cause a po­ten­tially fa­tal elec­tric shock when touched.

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