View the latest power outage information, including which areas have been restored and which areas are next, on the Western Power website.
In support of Western Australians affected by the recent Wooroloo bushfire, Western Power is waiving fees related to network connections and reconnections for residents whose properties were impacted by the bushfire.
For residents whose property has been destroyed by the fire, they will be waiving the cost of establishing a temporary builder supply (if required), which can be up to $555. Where property or network connections have been damaged but not destroyed by the fire, reconnecting existing customers’ points and replacing meters will be free of charge as per our normal practice.
Before power can be restored to your property, the WA Electrical Inspectors need to assess any damage to the property’s switchboard and anything visible outside of the house which could pose a safety concern when the property is reconnected.
When property owners return to their homes, they need to look for a tag or notification on the status of their electricity supply.
- If there is a tag that says `Temporary disconnection’, the property owner or other person in charge must arrange for an electrical contractor to complete the required works. Once all defects outlined on the tag have been rectified your supply can be reconnected.
- If there is a tag that says `Information|Caution’, your connection can be reconnected to the network when power’s been restored. Once connected, you can flick your main switch to ‘On’.
If you are unsure whether your property has been inspected by a WA Electrical Inspector, please call 13 10 87 between 8.30am and 5pm.
If you’re unsure what electrical infrastructure you’re responsible for on your property, visit Building and Energy website’s ‘Private power poles and lines are your responsibility’ page and also Western Power's private power poles and cables page.
Western Power advises property owners to be careful of hazards when they return to their properties and to please not touch any Western Power assets, including poles, even if they have been made safe. Stay eight metres away from any fallen power lines or other damage to the network.
For extra precaution, when `network power’ has been restored, the Electrical Inspector advises that you conduct a visual safety check on all external electrical equipment (bore pumps, power points, external ground lighting) within your property prior to turning on. If you find any damaged electrical equipment you must contact an electrical contractor to have the problem rectified.
Power fluctuations may occur when power is restored, so it’s helpful to unplug sensitive appliances prior to reconnecting. When reconnected, turn on appliances progressively, starting with lights and small appliances. If you experience any shocks, zaps or tingles report them immediately on 13 13 51.
Find more information on the Western Power website.