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We've Got The Whole Wide World At Our Feet
New York City's electrical system spans The Earth approximately 4 times.
Each day New Yorkers walk over a network of 94,000 miles of electrical cable
Con Edison's Electrical Service is rated 100 times more reliable than any other carrier in servicing its 3.2 million electrical customers with a formidable load density per MW/Square Mile that is 10 times Chicago's, 20 times Los Angeles',
|Infrastructure deterioration is a global problem.|
Become Street Smart
|Learn How To Eyeball
The Block And Avoid A Shock
|You're Looking At A Likely Shock Scenario In The Making|
The Sunshine State leads the United States with the highest average of contact voltage episodes per year, surging in June.
Read Mark Voigtsberger's breakthrough report:
Non-Seasonality, Yet An Enhanced
Summer And Winter Risk
Shockings occur year-round, but evidence indicates that the most hazardous time is in the winter after snow falls and in the summer after heavy rains. The winter incidents are likely when melted snow mixed with salt-based deicers form a saline solution and conduction path from defective or tampered cables and equipment, usually several days after the snowfall. Summer events usually happen when water builds up or ponds around and infiltrates damaged or defective equipment.
Eyeball the Block
& Avoid a Shock
Pedestrians — Take just a few seconds to survey the immediate surroundings and make your trajectory toward a non-conductive surface, i.e., plastic, wood, cardboard, rather than risking any metal or electrical fixture.
Dog Walkers — The lowly, freestanding garbage bag, is you and your dog's best friend, most of the time, unless it's snowed and salted.
Consider the safer, hardware-free RopeNGo leash and harness to help shield against a possible zapping and for greater peace of mind.
|Contact Voltage is a chronic hidden hazard that can cause injury or death to unsuspecting pedestrians, dog walkers, and their pets. Be aware that any metal or electrical street fixture may present a potential hazard, if the street itself or its above ground electrical equipment is damaged. A fixture may be pernicious in spite of appearing visibly intact or in the case of lights, unilluminated.||While moisture from rain, ice, snow, or extreme heat can pose the greatest likelihood of a shocking, the risk occurs irrespective of external conditions. In sum, pedestrians are urged to be on guard and attempt to make more prudent, free standing, non-conductive contact whenever possible.|
Conductive vs Non-Conductive
– Shockings vs Electrocutions
– Startling to Severely Injurious vs. Lethal
– Urban, Suburban, Residential Risk
– General Hazard vs Humane Perception
– Seasonality vs Non-Seasonality
– General Misconceptions
– Important Tips
– Any Metal Can Become Energized if it comes into contact with a wire, cable, or other source of stray current flow
|I Am No Longer A Street Walker!|
My beloved dog Sam, at 6 ½ years old, was tragically killed while on a walk with me in Seattle on Thanksgiving Day, 2010.
The city had been hit with a severe snowstorm that holiday week, so for this reason, I do not like to venture far from home to go to our normal hiking area and instead took our daily walk through the neighborhood. Never did I expect that I would not be returning home with my sweet boy . . .
Recent Shock Reports
– Manhole Cover Shock
– Transformer Explosion
|StreetZaps in the News|
"You may not think it, I certainly didn't,
But It Could be You."
– NYPost Reporter Denise Buffa
Be proactive: Report A Shock
Report tampered equipment and hot spots
to Con Edison at 1-800-75-CON ED.