Extreme heat can place pressure on the electricity network, resulting in localised power outages.   

On a total fire ban day, the likelihood of power outages due to bushfire risk mitigation measures also increases as fault detection technologies - such as the Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiters, or REFCLs, that stop powerlines from causing fires - are turned up to their highest sensitivity. 

The Victorian Government’s power outage guide will help you prepare for potential power outages during bushfires and extreme weather events.

It only takes a few simple things to be prepared and safe. Prepare your power outage kit today which includes:

  • A charged mobile phone
  • A torch
  • A battery-operated radio
  • A list of important contacts such as relatives and emergency services
  • spare batteries.     

Power outages can affect your ability to survive during a bushfire or grassfire. Do not rely on power as part of any bushfire preparedness plan and be prepared for power failure in extreme weather conditions. 

In the case of a power outage, you can find information about how long the power will be out on your electricity distributor's website, on their Twitter feed, by calling the faults and emergencies number on your latest bill or by signing up for SMS notifications through your distributor.   

If you are unsure of your electricity distributor, the information is available on the energy.vic.gov.au website.     

Vulnerable members of the community should make sure they are registered with their energy distributor as a critical care customer and know what to do if the power goes out, including having a contingency plan in place. Also make sure the retailer has your up-to-date contact details. 

Find out how you can be prepared and be safe by reading the Your Power Outages Guide at vic.gov.au/poweroutages or call 136 186.

Page last updated: 27/07/20