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11 March 2014

Powerline Bushfire Safety Program

In 2011 the Victorian Government announced a $750 million Powerline Bushfire Safety program (PBSP). The 10-year program will deliver on recommendations (27 and 32) of the 2009 Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission and aims to reduce the risk of bushfires caused by electrical assets without causing significant impact on electricity supply reliability.

Over the past few weeks, we have received calls relating to the Powerline Replacement Fund - Stage 2.  Property owners in Doreen, Research, Diamond Creek and Yarrambat that have bare Private Overhead Power Lines have asked Epping Electrical to assist in their application for funding.  

Once approved, the funding provided will remove the overhead powerlines on their property and reduce the fire risk.  

Epping Electrical is a registered REC Supplier with the Powerline Replacement Fund.  

If you have Private Overhead Lines on your property or know someone who does, funding may be available.  For more information, go to this website.  

If you believe you meet the eligibility criteria, but have not received an invitation to apply in the mail, please contact the Program Manager, Powerline Replacement Fund at prf.information@dsdbi.vic.gov.au

Call Epping Electrical on 1300 232 796 to arrange a site review.


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13 August 2013

Another Home Safer with a New Switchboard

Today we were called out to a home in Thomastown, we found the home was still using its original switchboard from the 1960's.  The fuse contacts overheated and burnt the wire behind the switchboard.  Thankfully this did not cause another house fire started by old electrical switchboards.  We replaced the old switchboard with a new Switchboard from ABB.  The new Switchboard complies with the latest regulations.

Some of these regulations include:-

1/  Main Switch is a Circuit Breaker rated to the mains cable capacity.
2/  Minimum of two Safety Switches.
3/  No more than three circuits per Safety Switch.
4/  Sum of the protected circuit breakers not to exceed the Safety Switch rating.
5/  Work Inspected by a qualified third party.
6/  A Prescribed Certificate of Electrical Safety issued.

So, its out with the old and in with the new.

If your home has an older Switchboard, don't risk it, upgrade it!

If you are not sure if it needs replacing, send me a pic to 0431 232 796 or geoff@eppingelectrical.com and I will let you know.



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