Solar systems still produce power, despite network outages

HOUSEHOLDERS have been urged not to risk their lives when cleaning up in the wake of Cyclone Marcia's devastating effects.

Solar panels pose a potentially serious danger as they continue to produce power, even during network outages.

Master Builders Central Queensland Regional Manager Dennis Bryant has warned people to be particularly careful in relation to solar panels.

"Home owners with solar photo-voltaic (PV) systems should also be mindful that their system may continue to produce power, despite network power outages," Mr Bryant said.

"A licensed electrical contractor should be the only person to deal with PV systems after a flood event.

"In flood situations, electrical safety is paramount, and home and business owners who have experienced water inundation or whose electrical distribution board has been submerged should contact their local power provider to determine the steps to take before power will be returned to their home or business."

Mr Bryant said there were additional hazards that also needed attention, especially asbestos that has been detected in some buildings. In this regard, Master Builders has worked in conjunction with Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) to train more than 50 industry participants to ensure asbestos can be removed safely and legally.

The Master Builders' team in Central Queensland has responded to the disaster with much-needed advice, support and essential services tailored to industry and community needs.

Master Builders also recommends checking your plumbing and gas; checking your insurance cover; using a licensed builder or trade contractor; and ensuring any work is covered by a written quote and contract.

More information about post-flood and storm repairs can be found on the Master Builder's website or by following this link:

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