PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla., Jan. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Utility Testing and Geographic Information Systems (UTGIS) will make crews and equipment available at no cost to perform emergency electrical utility distribution system safety surveys for communities in Georgia and Florida affected by the recent tornados and severe weather.
"Over the next few weeks, electric utilities and contractors will be working hard to restore service, fix down wires, replace damaged poles and making other infrastructure repairs to local electrical grids. However, they generally do not inspect the low-voltage (less than 600v) distribution system components for safety issues," according to UTGIS President Mark Voigtsberger.
"UTGIS will conduct these low-voltage electrical safety inspections for any community in the designated two State area impacted by the recent weather events," said Voigtsberger.
Low-voltage electrical faults routinely occur in a municipal electrical distribution system through normal wear and tear, but adverse weather or other natural disasters can also create these hazards- posing a safety risk to humans and animals that inadvertently touch them.
Called "contact voltage", these faults can occur anywhere in a distribution system but most often appear on street lighting systems, traffic signals, cable vaults and junction boxes.
All testing is conducted to the newly released Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers publication, IEEE-1695TM, "Guide to Understanding, Diagnosing, and Mitigating Stray and Contact Voltages".
Contact: Mark Voigtsberger, President
PO Box 881585
Port St Lucie, FL, 34988-1585
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