Quick Start Guide Electric Utilities
SECTION 03: KEY SAFETY MESSAGES
Why Address This Issue? Substation entry by unauthorized or unqualified persons presents a significant risk of injury from contact with high-voltage conductors, busbars, or other electrical equipment. Children may be tempted to enter substations on a dare, or while chasing toys or animals. Substation copper theft has skyrocketed in recent years; copper thieves may suffer serious injuries and fatalities, damage substation equipment, and cause power outages. Fences and signs are intended to keep the public from entering these facilities. Public safety communications may convey the potential dangers of unauthorized entry into substations and instruct people to inform the appropriate electric utility if they witness unauthorized entry or security or safety problems in or near a substation.
Developing a Public Safety Communications Program
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