We care about keeping you and your property safe from bushfires. Every year we invest millions of dollars into ongoing projects that help to reduce bushfire risks across Victoria.
In accordance with our Bushfire Mitigation Strategy Plan (available to download here) we have been implementing the various strategies, policies and programs designed to reduce the risk of bushfires, including an extensive communication program with customers and stakeholders.
An overview of our key year round activities include:
Every year, every span in Hazardous Bushfire Risk Areas (HBRA) and Low Bushfire Risk Areas (LBRA) is inspected from the ground to identify any required vegetation works. These works are then rectified and actioned in accordance with our approved Electric Line Clearance Plan (ELCMP).
Asset inspection and maintenance programs
Extensive asset inspection programs are conducted throughout the year in accordance with regulated inspection timeframes. Any maintenance that is identified is completed within designated policy timeframes to ensure our assets remain fire safe as much as possible all year round.
Total Fire Ban day action plans
Powercor has a number of strategies and actions for both Total Fire Ban days and Hot Days. These are designed to reduce the risk of fire starts on Total Fire Ban Days, and to protect the network when high temperatures are forecast.
Private overhead electric lines (POELs)
Each year, we deliver a mail out to POEL owners containing a letter and a brochure about owners’ responsibilities, electrical safety and disconnection advice to help them ensure the safety of their private electric lines. Read more about POELs.