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Shocks or Electrocution is a non-partisan initiative organized and led by Blair Sorrel to reduce the year round risk of injury and fatality from contact voltage shocking or electrocution resulting from damaged or tampered wiring.

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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
– 1 square mile of the network amounts to 1,000 miles of 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',
8 and 30 times Boston's.

       Geography is Destiny

New York City Hot Spots 

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Become Street Smart

Learn How To Eyeball
The Block And Avoid A Shock

You're Looking At A Likely Shock Scenario In The Making


Miami, Florida

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:

Analysis Of Public Shock And Electrocution Cases

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.

Learn how to Avoid Possibly
Dangerous Street Fixtures.

Shocking But True, Any Metal Object Can Shock

  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        


Important Distinctions

– 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

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I Am No Longer A Street Walker!
Sammy & Lisa

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 . . .

Read Lisa's Testimony of what happened to Sammy.

Remembering Roger Lane

Roger Lane.  Photo by Ian Urbina

"How do you live with it?" 

I wondered as always whenever I saw Roger Lane in Council, in print, or on tv.  How does this sensible, analytical parent cope with the awful facts of his beloved daughter's last moments on this planet?

Read comments on Roger and add your own.

Photos by Ian Urbina, NY Times

Jodie Lane.  Photo by Ian Urbina

Recent Shock Reports

News Items
  – Manhole Cover Shock
  – Transformer Explosion


 International   Observations


  – Berlin, NJ
  – Broadlands, Va
  – Rhode Island, watch the
     News Video

Lule electrocuted by manhole cover
 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.