Brisbane is a city on the move, and a lot of those moves are upwards. All across the region apartment buildings are rising, and if you want to live in inner suburbs like Southbank, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane City or West End, an apartment will feature more of what you’re looking for.
Getting access to the best of what the River city has to offer is one of the biggest draws to apartment living, and the other is how low maintenance they are. That’s great news a lot of the time, but during events like power outages, it can add extra steps to getting the problem fixed.
1. Check Your Breaker Box
Modern electrical systems and safety switches do a great job of keeping us safe from power surges. But that does mean they’re the most likely cause of a power outage.
Before you do anything else you should check the breaker box in your apartment to see if any of the switches have been tripped. It can usually be found hidden in a cupboard or in another service area. If you do find a switch that’s off you can simply turn it back on and go back to what you were doing. If the switch trips repeatedly you should speak to an electrician about a possible fault in your apartment.
If all the switches in your breaker box are working properly then the power outage is probably happening in more than just your apartment.
2. Speak to Your Neighbours
A quick trip to knock on your neighbour’s door and find out if they’ve also lost power can confirm whether the whole building has been affected. If your neighbours are also in the dark then take a look out a window to see whether the other buildings in the area seem to have power or not.
Modern electrical systems are reliable but not foolproof and large-scale power outages do still happen. If your entire neighbourhood has lost power then place a quick call to your power company to make sure they’re aware of the issue.
3. Contact the Building Manager
In a large apartment building there will likely be a dedicated manager who handles problems like power outages. In a smaller apartment building, you may need to contact the property manager or the owner for help. Provide any information you have and then it will be up to them to fix the issue or contact an electrician.
Supplying power to apartment buildings usually requires high voltage and high capacity equipment, so it’s important that you don’t attempt to fix any building-wide power outages on your own.
4. Turn off Your Appliances
To protect your expensive computers and appliances from any surges when the power comes back on, make sure everything is turned off and unplugged from the wall.
If any of your safety switches are repeatedly tripping then one of the appliances you have running on that circuit might be the cause. Leaving the switch off, unplug all the appliances on that circuit and then try turning the safety switch back on to restore power to your apartment. Speak to an electrician about any faulty circuits or appliances.
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