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Massive Power Outages are Caused by Severe Storms and Human Error – Boston, Hartford

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 13, 2014

March has so far been a cold and snowy month. Right now the Northeast is under a high wind advisory, which has already caused power outages in some areas.

Major power disturbances can be triggered by storms, heat waves, solar flares, and many other sources, but all have roots in the mechanical and human vulnerabilities of the power grids themselves. "Power delivery systems have a lot of parts, wires, transformers, and other components all nicely tied together—which means there are a lot of things that can go wrong," explained Clark Gellings of the nonprofit Electric Power Research Institute. "Pieces break down and people make errors. A system is designed to tolerate a certain amount of disruption but past a certain point, it's simply gone too far and it falls apart."

The "great Northeast blackout," which began when a power surge near Ontario set off a chain of power failures across New York State and beyond, covered 80,000 square miles. "Within four minutes the line of darkness had plunged across Massachusetts all the way to Boston," reported NYT on the day of the outage. "It was like a pattern of falling dominoes—darkness sped southward through Connecticut, northward into Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Canada."

Utility companies across New England seek the help of ElecComm for maintenance and repair of power lines after storm damage. For more information, contact ElecComm.

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Down Power Lines Safety Tips – Boston and New England

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Winter is upon us. This means winter storms of snow, ice and strong winds which tend to bring down power lines. ElecComm assists electric utility companies around New England with storm response for down power lines. However, as we plod through winter in the Northeast, ElecComm wants to ensure that you are prepared for potential safety hazards presented by downed electric power lines.

Severe and fatal injuries can occur by touching- or being too close to- power lines. There is no room for mistakes if you come upon a down live power line.

Downed power lines may be live. Stay at least 35 feet away. Electricity can travel through water and the ground around power lines.

  • Immediately report any downed wires to the local authorities or electric company. Remain far back.
  • Refrain from clearing snow, ice or storm debris until the power is disconnected or power lines are repaired.
  • If a power line lands on your vehicle while you are in it, stay in the vehicle until emergency responders arrive. Exiting a vehicle that has been contacted by a live power line is extremely dangerous. Similarly, do not attempt to assist someone if their vehicle is in contact with power lines.
  • If you notice the power line is on your vehicle before you enter, stay out of the vehicle, back away, and call the authorities and/or the local utility company.

For more information on down power line maintenance, contact ElecComm.


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