Electric fence safety tips


Electric fencing is a great way of protecting your property and perimeter boundaries from unauthorised access by acting as both a physical and psychological barrier against intruders. Installing electric fencing, however, can be potentially dangerous, which is why we’ve compiled a short list of tips to bear in mind to keep you, your property and any surrounding wildlife safe.

Post warning signs

If you’re installing an electric fence on your business premises, it’s essential to post plenty of warning signs in the area. Your electric fence warning signs should have clear instructions written in plain English with a picture or graphic that clearly presents the danger of the electric fence. If you live in an area where there are many people who don’t speak English, make sure you post your warning signs in other languages as well.

Install your fence on its own circuit

When you’re installing an electric fence, make sure that the DC power supply is connected in its own circuit. In bad weather conditions, the wire of an electric fence is likely to attract lightning, and if the wire is struck, it could cause damage to the other electrical devices connected to the circuit. If your fence is the only device connected to its circuit, in the event of a lightning strike, only the electric fence controller unit will be damaged.

Never use barbed wire

When installing electrical fencing, it’s important that you don’t apply the current to barbed wire directly or in connection with electric fence wire. Animals and children may become caught in the barbed wire via their fur or clothing which can cause serious injury or even death as they will find it more difficult to free themselves from the electric current. Many areas have regulations and laws that ban the use of barbed wire in the installation of electric fencing.

If you’re interested in installing a state-of-the-art electric security fencing or other perimeter fencing system around your premises, get in touch with our team of experts at Harper Chalice today.

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