Copper earth wires stolen from 100 power poles in Carnarvon have been returned to Horizon Power by local police who apprehended the thieves on 11 March.
Horizon Power Retail Manager Craig Deetlefs said those responsible for the thefts were extremely irresponsible. “Any damage to electrical infrastructure has the potential to cause electric shock or electrocution,” Mr Deetlefs said. He confirmed, however, that all of the pole earths had since been replaced and there was no danger to the public.
To help educate the community about these dangers, Horizon Power has launched its Be Aware of Electricity campaign.
The campaign, launched earlier this month throughout the state, features a series of television adverts aimed at encouraging the public to stay safe around electrical infrastructure.
Mr Deetlefs said the goal is to promote key messages relating to electrical safety at home and at work while using heavy or oversized equipment.
“The campaign will also promote general awareness of electrical assets when enjoying the outdoors, in particular green domes given the transition to underground power in most major regional centres and the growing amount of incidents involving these assets,” he said.
During the past 12 month, Horizon Power has recorded over 70 incidents in which a third party has damaged assets through vehicles driving into mini pillars or damaging underground cables through digging.
“The safety of the community is our number one priority, people should make sure they exercise caution around electrical assets, check where pillars are on a site before starting any work; and ensure children don’t play on or around electrical equipment.
If you see any damage to electrical infrastructure or want to report a fault, please call Horizon Power on 13 23 51. Stay well clear of fallen powerlines or any other damaged infrastructure.