Master Electricians Australia has urged Queensland home owners not to add further tragedy to flood damage caused by Cyclone Debbie and to call a Master Electrician for any assistance with connecting electrical generators.
MEA Queensland State Manager Gary Veenstra said that MEA has been contacted by the State Government and Energy QLD to provide a workforce to assist Queenslanders who have lost power due to Cyclone Debbie.
“It is vital that flood victims turn off both the main power and solar system to their house. Following this they should arrange for a fully qualified electrician to assist with all electrical work,” Mr Veenstra said.
“MEA is urging all flood victims not to connect their own generator to their house electrical system and ensure that they only use a licensed contractor.
“Flood victims have already experienced enough trauma and do not need to run the risk of losing loved ones by trying to do electrical work that must be done by a qualified professional.
“There are reports that unqualified people are advising people on ways to connect generators to their homes that are extremely dangerous and pose significant safety risks.
“The only person you should listen to is a qualified electrician or contractor and MEA are able to assist in getting flood victims in touch with an electrical expert.
“Although it will involve a small cost to hire an electrician, that is nothing compared with the emotional cost of losing a loved one in an electrical tragedy.”
Queenslanders can find and book a Master Electrician by visiting the Find a Master Electrician Page on the MEA website.
“Sourcing properly qualified tradespeople will be challenging in many of the flooded areas and that’s why Master Electricians is offering to put home owners in touch with qualified contractors,” Mr Veenstra said.
“Our members are given access to expert industry advice, training and services to assist in maintaining high standards and deliver on promises to customers so please do not take any risks with getting the power back on at your place.”
“We also urge all flood victims to be patient with Ergon and Energex as they work to get the power back on across the state.”