Gen­er­a­tor safety is para­mount

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

Mr Brown said there were en­cour­ag­ing signs for the weeks ahead, with min­i­mal for­ward book­ings can­celled and busi­ness ex­pected to pick up once power had re­turned to more ho­tel rooms in the re­gion. DON’T put your­self and oth­ers at risk of elec­tro­cu­tion.

This is Er­gon En­ergy’s mes­sage to the Whit­sun­day re­gion fol­low­ing a week of no power.

Er­gon has iden­ti­fied cases where res­i­dents had used ex­ten­sion cords to plug gen­er­a­tors into power points.

Cus­tomer de­liv­ery man­ager Ch­ester Brodie said while power out­ages were frus­trat­ing, safety had to be the high­est pri­or­ity.

“Plug­ging a gen­er­a­tor into a power point will send elec­tric­ity through the cus­tomer’s switch­board into nearby Er­gon En­ergy power lines,” he said.

“That poses a sig­nif­i­cant safety risk to Er­gon En­ergy staff work­ing on power lines or neigh­bours clean­ing up around fallen power lines.”

Mr Brodie of­fered ad­vice on the safest means to op­er­ate gen­er­a­tors.

“We urge peo­ple us­ing a gen­er­a­tor to fol­low the man­u­fac­turer’s op­er­at­ing instructions,” he said.

“Gen­er­a­tors should never be used inside. We also urge them to make sure they place the gen­er­a­tor well away from open win­dows, doors and vents that could al­low car­bon monox­ide to travel in­doors.”

PHOTO: GSL AVI­A­TION

LOOK­ING GOOD: The Whit­sun­day is­lands look beau­ti­ful de­spite the ex­pe­ri­ence of a Cat­e­gory 4 cy­clone.

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