Flood damage – Alice Springs
The purpose of this Safety Alert is to make owners and operators of commercial premises aware of the risk of electrical failure and fires following the submersion of electrical appliances and accessories during the recent hail storm and flood.
Alice Springs was drenched on the 17th June by a significant hail and rain event delivering 63 mm of rain to the town. This led to some localised flooding of businesses and commercial properties. Emergency services have raised a concern of electrical appliances and accessories in some properties being submerged and subsequently presenting an electric shock and fire risk to the owners and occupants.
If your property is flood affected:
- Unplug and isolate all affected appliances
- Isolate affected circuits at the switchboard
- Arrange for an electrical contractor to inspect the premises
- Affected appliances and accessories should be repaired or replaced
For further information please refer to the following:
- Electricity Reform Act 2000
- Electricity Reform (Safety and Technical) Regulations 2000
- Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011
- Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations 2011
This Safety Alert contains safety information following inquires made by NT WorkSafe about an incident or unsafe practice. The information contained in this Alert does not necessarily include the outcome of NT WorkSafe’s action with respect to an incident. NT WorkSafe does not warrant the information in this Alert is complete or up-to-date and does not accept any liability for the information in this report or as to its use.