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December 2, 2011 at 10:46 AM

City Light: Voltage testing finds two problem poles

Seattle City Light completed its annual contact voltage testing of its 85,000 street lights and found two were energized with at least  30 volts of electricity.

One was a metal streetlight pole near the corner of Magnolia Boulevard West and West Raye Street which tested at 110 volts of electricity.  Bad connections at the pole were repaired.

The second was a metal pole near Northwest Culbertson Drive and Sherwood Road Northwest, with 36 volts. The lamps and faulty wiring were replaced.

City Light began its annual contact voltage testing after a dog was electrocuted in 2010 when it stepped on an energized cover. After that, City Light received reports of six other incidents of dogs receiving shocks after stepping on electricity energized City Light equipment.

In 2011, City Light detected 61 incidents of energized structures, but most involved low voltage and were attributed to pinched wires, aging infrastructure and rodents.

In  2010 testing, City Light found 56 instances of at least 30 volts of electricity.

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