Electrical Shocks Injuring Dogs on Vancouver Streets Prompts Mayor's Concern for Safety of Pedestrians and Pets

Mayor Lois Jackson, Metro Vancouver Chair Met with Power Survey Company to Learn Safety Solutions

VANCOUVER, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - Mayor Lois E. Jackson, Chair of Metro Vancouver and Mayor of Delta, convened with Power Survey Company (PSC) President Tom Catanese today in downtown Vancouver to learn firsthand about the dangers of 'Contact Voltage' and how the city can prevent injuries and death to its residents and pets.

Mayor Jackson met with Catanese Tuesday on the corner of Woodland and Frances Streets, the site of a recent electric shock that injured a dog. They toured one of Power Survey Company's mobile testing trucks and discussed the need for proactive testing to detect electric danger spots before more incidents occur.  In January, 'Sierra', a mastiff, was the most recent victim of shock by faulty underground wiring in Vancouver. There have been several local cases over the years of these dangerous shocks, known as 'Contact Voltage,' including that of Vancouver police dog "Bear." Bear was shocked into cardiac arrest after tracking a suspect on the 400 block of Heatley.

After being educated on the electrical dangers, Mayor Jackson said, "I will be asking Delta's Chief Administrative Officer to report on our municipality's preparations with regard to public electrical safety, and I call on other Metro Vancouver Mayors to do the same. She added "new technologies can make a real difference, and can turn this rare, but often fatal problem, into something that can be avoided."

Contact Voltage is an unintentional connection between a power distribution system and public surfaces, like sidewalks, that can cause deadly shocks. Following the January incident, Power Survey Company was contacted by animal advocate, stray voltage victim and blogger Lisa Mckibbin and asked to assess the magnitude of the problem. President Tom Catanese discussed the widespread lethal voltage hazards uncovered during Power Survey's brief mobile contact voltage sampling in Vancouver, Delta and surrounding areas. Mr. Catanese added, "We work side by side with utilities, municipalities, and utility regulators to enhance public safety and electric infrastructure maintenance.

Power Survey Company has been retained by Utilities and Municipalities in Ontario and over 20 US States to find hazardous streetlights, sidewalks, manhole covers and other publicly accessible surfaces and structures that pose a grave threat to both humans and animals. Recent tragedies in Seattle and Toronto triggered citywide emergency mobile voltage surveys using Power Survey's one-of-a-kind technology. The company has detected and mitigated more Contact Voltage hazards than any organization in the world.

Contact Voltage, is neither a new problem, nor specific to any utility or region. Since the early days of electricity there have been countless human and animal deaths and injuries directly attributed to Contact Voltage. For electric distributors to maintain adequate public safety, frequent Contact Voltage detection surveys are essential and are becoming standard practice.

About Power Survey Company
Power Survey's combination of cutting edge technology, advanced data management systems, and top engineers and professionals, has made an immediate and substantial impact on public electrical safety. Power Survey's SVD2000 mobile Contact Voltage detection technology has received international acclaim the engineering team is widely considered to be the world's foremost authority on contact voltage.  For more on this danger and the company's solutions, visit http://www.powersurveyco.com.

SOURCE Power Survey Company

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