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Master Builders urges flood affected PV residents to exercise caution

5th Feb 2013

Homeowners located in flood affected areas have been warned to exercise caution before undertaking repair or clean-up work.

Master Builders Queensland has sent a message to the state's residents encouraging them to prioritise electrical safety, particularly where solar panel setups are concerned.

Naturally people will want to access their homes as quickly as possible, and get power restored. However, Master Builders Association Queensland executive director Graham Cuthbert urged homeowners not to take silly risks.

In a statement released January 30, Mr Cuthbert said that anyone whose electrical distribution board had been submerged should contact their local power provider.

Then they could find out what steps were necessary before power would be returned.

He also had some special words of advice for Queenslanders with rooftop PV.

"With so many homes now with photovoltaic solar panels, people should also be mindful that their system may continue to produce power, despite network power outages," said Mr Cuthbert.

"A licensed electrical contractor should be the only person to deal with PV systems after a flood event and even if you don't lose power, Master Builders still recommends using a qualified electrician to ensure dwelling circuits and appliances are safe and functional to use."

Posted by Mike Peacock

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