Electric Assault – Common Causes And Solutions
The electric outrage, otherwise known as the surge that is produced by the electric meter when the voltage exceeds a certain level, has been a part of our lives for a very long time. Although we cannot deny that there are indeed parts of our lives where electricity is truly essential, many parts of our daily lives can be disrupted by power outages which are more often than not caused by storm-related activities. From being unable to send our children to school or to do our day-to-day activities or even cooking our meals, the effect of a storm-related surge on our power supply can have a dramatic impact on people’s everyday life. To ensure that we can continue with our daily routines without interruption, there are several ways that we can use to help protect ourselves and our electrical systems against the effects of an electrical surge.
There are several steps that NELA
the National Electrical Liability Association has taken to educate the public about the dangers of storm-related power outages. According to the association, in the last ten years, a total of fourteen states experienced an average of one or more severe storms which resulted in widespread power outages, costing residents hundreds of millions of dollars. In Newtown, Connecticut, a storm last year caused a three-hour outage which resulted in over two hundred million dollars worth of damage to different businesses, homes, and infrastructure. Fortunately, after conducting a comprehensive investigation and consulting with both the NELA and the Newtown Fire Department, the city was able to remedy the problem with the installation of a new transformer.
The fire department, in conjunction with the NELA
conducted its investigation after collecting numerous reports of potential dangers both to residential customers and to public safety. After interviewing witnesses, reviewing records, analyzing reports, and listening to several of the homeowners whose homes had been damaged, the fire departments determined that the electrical surge that ultimately caused the outages had resulted from faulty connections between three individual road sections. The three road segments were: South Street, Northeast Street, and Atlantic Street. A thorough investigation by both the fire department and NELA was launched to pinpoint the cause of the electric surge, repair the damage, and prevent future occurrences of these potential hazards.
On the day that the electrical surge and resulting power outages occurred
a representative from the property management center called the residents of the apartment building and notified them that due to the nature of the wiring within the building, there would be an immediate power supply issue for all apartment units. He recommended all residents evacuate the complex and advised them to contact their respective landlords to inform them of the situation. The representative also provided them with a list of phone numbers so they could call the power supply company should they not be able to safely evacuate the property.
Approximately twenty minutes later
the power supply companies representatives arrived on the scene and met with the tenants and their landlords to inspect the damaged electrical infrastructure. It was discovered that the three separate circuit breakers within the elevator had tripped and resulted in a loss of power to the building’s electricity system. After examining the power supply units and determining that all were operational, the power was restored to the building and the elevator returned to working properly.
An additional precaution was taken
when attempting to reset the voltage regulators within the elevator. As a precaution, the electrical experts advised that the elevator automatically goes to full capacity and provides an overload detection signal if any of the three voltage regulators are tripped. Once the overload detection has been performed, the power supply company technicians came to reset the power to the building’s electricity system again. All three regulators were reset and all power was restored to the building. The electrician that inspected the unit during the investigation noted that the resetting of the units restore the unit’s operation all three times.