BE AWARE: Take precautions.
BE AWARE: Take precautions. Zbynek Pospisil

Dial before digging to ensure safety

GARDENERS and other DIYers are urged to be aware of overhead and underground high-voltage wires over summer.

Due to the higher number of people working in their yards in the holidays, Ergon Energy is reminding people to be aware of potential hazards in and around their property while they carry out landscaping tasks.

Chris Rose, Ergon's safety adviser, said jobs in the garden, which are especially popular at this time of year, should be done with electrical safety in mind.

"Whether digging a new garden bed, drilling a hole for a fence post or planting a new tree, we're asking people to be aware of underground and overhead power, both in the yard and on the footpath,” Mr Rose said.

He advised anyone digging within their property to hire a certified cable locator to identify all underground services in their yard and that those working outside their property's boundary could contact a free service to locate nearby cables.

"Before digging on the footpath, people should always contact Dial Before You Dig on www.1100.com.au or call 1100,” Mr Rose said.


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