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by | Jul 27, 2022 | Community, Social

Energex and firies urge extra caution when hazard reduction burning near power poles 

With a very wet first half of the year, many Logan and Scenic Rim property owners will spend the coming months targeting excess vegetation for hazard reduction burning.

This activity has spurred Energex and firefighters to encourage anyone conducting hazard reduction burns to be acutely aware of electricity power poles and keep any flames well away from them.

Energex Work Group Leader Chris Pell warns that any fire damage to power poles can cause a series of obvious and hidden safety issues for property owners and the wider community. 

“Hazard reduction burns are great for preventing future fire issues, however, if they get out of control, particularly around power poles and other assets on the electrical network, a much more serious safety issue could ensue.” 

 

“If a power pole is burnt down it may not only drop power lines onto people or livestock, it could also cut power to an entire district for extended periods.”

 

“Just as troubling is a power pole that’s only partially burnt because it will be significantly weakened and potentially snap during high winds or storm activity without warning.”

 

“We’re also encouraging property owners with a privately owned network on their land to have a licensed electrical contractor inspect it for any safety issues before the fire and storm season arrives in the coming months.” 

Rural Fire Service (RFS) Assistant Commissioner John Bolger says taking precautions before carrying out hazard reduction burns could significantly minimise the risk of damaging assets and important infrastructure. 

“I urge landholders to be aware of their surroundings and remain vigilant to ensure you, your family and your property are kept safe while conducting any bushfire mitigation work.” 

 

“To minimise the chances of fire damaging power poles and property, I encourage property owners to trim or clear long grass, foliage and rubbish within a three-metre radius of any electricity infrastructure and to keep watch over controlled burns they carry out.”

 

“If your council area is not currently drought declared, dampening the cleared three metre radius with water can also reduce the chances of accidental damage to property.

 

“It is important to note that it is illegal to leave any controlled burn unattended, and permits must be obtained from your local Fire Warden before you light up.”

 

“For more information around bushfire preparedness head to ruralfire.qld.gov.au.”

 

In the event of a fire always dial triple zero.

 

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