SEICCC KEY SAFETY MESSAGES - STORM/SEVERE WEATHER EVENT

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During storms and periods of generally wet and windy weather you should take the following precautions:

  • Ensure loose items such as outdoor furniture and children's play equipment (e.g. trampolines and cubby houses) are put away or secured.
  • Park vehicles undercover. But do not park under large trees.
  • Stay indoors and away from windows at times when weather conditions are severe.
  • Stay away from fallen powerlines (it should be assumed that fallen powerlines are live. Fallen powerlines should be reported to ETSA Utilities on 131 366).
  • Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
  • Do not ride or walk through flood water.
  • Consider the security of pets.
  • Weather information can be found at www.bom.gov.au

It is also important for motorists to be vigilant and exercise additional care. Motorists should:

  • Observe all road signs.
  • Be alert to sudden changes in road conditions.
  • Be aware of any fallen trees, branches and debris.
  • Drive carefully on wet and slippery roads.
  • Use their headlights if visibility is poor (and remember to turn them off when they have reached their destination).
  • Be aware of emergency service workers and others who may be working on the side of the road.
  • Avoid driving in extremely adverse conditions unless it is absolutely necessary, and if so, maintain an increased safe driving distance between your car and the car in front of you and reduce your speed.
  • Never attempt to drive in flood waters.
  • Stay tuned to local radio for current weather advice and warnings.