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Aging utility poles a hazard?


POSTED: Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 5:54pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 5, 2012 - 1:08pm

Aging electricity poles are seen around your city. Some appear to be old and damaged.

Some people are concerned about aging poles on their residential or commercial property.

"The poles that usually fail in our system are poles that have been either stuck by a car...have a tree fall on them," says Charles Hill, Region Operations Manager, Oncor Electric.

Oncor Electric is responsible for the poles and works with other contractors to thoroughly inspect them.

Data is gathered by storms to target that inspection.

Charles hill says, he rarely sees poles fall on their own, and that poles have a life span of forty to fifty years.

Even recent drought has been a concern.

"The drought has not had any affect on the poles as the matter of fact, dry conditions are actually good for the poles, they cause them to last longer than wet conditions."

many want to know.... what is causing the poles to fall.

"We had a horrible drought last year and it's causing a lot of trees to fall on our poles, fall on wires, pull the poles down."

David Collier, Oncor Electric, area manager, tells KETK, Osmose energy is also responsible to inspect poles, on a regular basis.... based on performance.

If you... see a fallen pole, consider safety, do not approach it.

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