Utility Poles – Attachments a Risk?

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Utility Poles – Attachments a Risk?

Are attachments to a utility pole really a risk? Why does the city get so upset with signs, basketball hoops, birdhouses, dog scooper bags and trash containers attached to a pole? Other than how it looks, does it really matter? As much as I don’t want to admit it – Yes it really does matter.

I’m pretty strong in my belief that many times we have rules that just shouldn’t be there. We have rules to have rules or rules so that someone can exert their beliefs over someone else. BUT, I am all in favor of rules when they actually protect.  

When there is a small nail partially driven into a utility pole it could cause harm to a line worker.  How?  If this small nail pierced a line worker’s glove it could cause the worker to lose their protection from high-voltage electricity. Anything attached to a utility pole could cause a hole which makes that line worker at risk for electrocution. So, is the sign you want to post really worth it?  NO!

According to the National Electric Safety code unauthorized attaching of anything unapproved to a utility pole is a crime up to $500 per day. Who knows what ELSE the City might charge!

So, help keep our community and workers safe – remove any unauthorized items from utility poles!

 

 

 

Susan Hilton

979-764-2100

 

 

 

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