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Power Outage Canberra – Causes & Easy What To-Dos

Power Outage

Power Outage

A power outage can cause panic, and this is why it’s important to know how to handle power outages. Blackouts happen due to several reasons, make sure to figure out the cause before doing anything. Here are some of the most common causes of power outages: 

Equipment Failure or Blown Fuse 

Broken bulbs, faulty appliances, or problems with cables, connectors, transformers, and switches can cause power outages. A trip switch that’s in the off position signifies that your fuse blew up and is likely caused by a faulty appliance or wiring.  

Scheduled maintenance or power interruption 

Electrical companies occasionally turn off power for maintenance purposes and equipment repair. They do this to ensure the safety of their crews. We suggest contacting your energy provider or following their social media accounts to keep updated with interruption announcements.  

Electrical Emergencies and Natural Causes 

Most power outages are caused by bad weather. Some of the most common culprits are heavy winds, lightning, freezing rain, ice, and snow which can cause trees to fall, fires to start, vehicular accidents, etc. Some animals also mess with power lines that can cause damage to the power cable and lines.  

Human error 

Accidental power outages also happen. Some homeowners work with a ladder or antenna too close to the power supply, some hit buried power lines while digging in their home gardens. The power supply is also affected by traffic accidents especially when vehicles hit a piece of power equipment.  


Check yourself and your family 

Ensure that no one is hurt, and everyone is safe inside the house.  

Turn off and unplug all appliances 

Take time to go around the house and manually switch off and unplug all appliances. This can prevent your devices from getting damaged by power surges. 

Remember to keep one light on so you know when the power is back. Also, make sure that your fridge doors are closed to prevent the food inside from spoiling.  

Store an emergency power outage kit 

Make sure that you have alternative sources of light and heat in the event of a power outage. It is advisable to stock up on batteries, power banks, candles, and matches at all times.  

Call a licenced electrician 

If any of the items below happens, make sure to call your trusted electrician to fix the problem for you: 

  1. Faulty appliance 
  1. Overheating appliances or smell of smoke 
  1. Burnt outlets 
  1. Blown fuses 
  1. Problems with fuse boxes and circuit breakers 


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