TTC Response – contact voltage and pets


TTC Response – contact voltage and pets

TTC Toronto Hydro is warning people about the dangers of contact voltage on city
streets after two dogs were electrocuted earlier this month.

Hydro customers will receive a leaflet about contact voltage – the electricity
found on surfaces of outdoor structures like streetlights and handwells (metal
covers on the sidewalk) as well as suggested safety precautions.

Contact voltage presents a potentially fatal shock if people or animals come into
contact with the surfaces.

TTC /Toronto Hydro agrees that electrical infrastructure is partly to blame, in
addition to streetcar vibrations and freezing/thawing patterns which may affect
wiring.Toronto Hydro is upgrading the infrastructure and installing non-metal
handwells. Additionally, TTC Hydro trucks will patrol the city looking for voltage

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