Safety Around Home



Tripping Circuit Breakers or blown fuses indicates an electrical fault.

  • This could be caused by an overloaded circuit (hot plug) - check your switchboard (fuseboard) for blown fuses.
  • If problem persists, get a qualified electrician to check the fault.

If you have a persistent problem with dimming lights, please call Network Waitaki on 0800 440 220.

Check out our video.

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Tingles or shocks

Never ignore a shock or tingle from an electrical appliance no matter how minor. If you get a tingle from a tap, call NWL on 0800 440 220 immediately.


Always ensure they are in good condition and are not frayed or damaged.

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Discoloured or cracked power points indicate a problem - contact a qualified electrician.

Never dry clothes on your heater - remember the rule of thumb: 1 meter from the heater.
Always use a qualified, licensed electrician for electrical work.

Remember water and electricity can be a deadly combination - never take portable appliances such as hair dryers etc. into the shower or bath.


Always make sure children do not play close to power lines or poles.
Never build tree houses in a tree close to power lines.
Never fly kites near power lines.

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Remember to always check for the location of overhead and underground cables before working around the home.

If you are painting your house and require the power to be disconnected while you work close to your service line (and reconnected when you have finished), contact Network Waitaki on 0800 440 220.  This service is usually free.

Always turn the power off if you are changing light bulbs.
Always treat all power sources as live.
Never attempt to do any work in your meter board.
Never connect any power wiring yourself - this must be done by a licensed inspector.

Remember water and electricity can be a lethal combination.
Always use an RCD device if using an electrical tool or extension cord outside.

Further info can be found at the Energy Safety website.