Batten down for winter

DFES Assistant Commissioner Metropolitan Daren Klemm said there were simple steps people could take to prevent storm damage.

�While the weather is still clear you can clean your gutters of leaves and debris, tie down or remove loose items around the home, and trim tree branches to stop them falling on your roof or car,� he said.

�Last year DFES responded to 91 storm incidents, with SES volunteers spending more than 3,200 hours helping people in need. The action you take now could prevent your home sustaining major damage this winter.�

SES volunteers can help those with homes damaged by storms. Call 132 500.

Western Power operational maintenance head Gair Landsborough said crews were on call 24 hours, seven days a week to respond to network related incidents.

�Last year we received almost 75,000 callouts, which included fallen powerlines during storms and vehicle accidents,� he said.