Pass Laws to Protect People & Pets from Deadly Contact Voltage
Contact Voltage is a lethal safety hazard in which electricity leaks from decaying and faulty electric utility equipment, causing publicly accessible objects -- like fences, manhole covers, and sidewalks -- to become energized. Contact voltage has injured or killed people and pets around the world.
EVERY STATE needs contact voltage testing laws because:
• Contact voltage has killed people and pets in New York City, Providence, Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Denver, Sacramento, San Diego, Honolulu, Detroit, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Omaha, Columbus, Santa Fe, Boston, Lexington, Vancouver and Toronto.
• Contact voltage hazards have been found in all 50 states.
• Most electric utilities do nothing to protect the public from contact voltage hazards.
• Mobile contact voltage testing is the only proven means of detecting these dangers. At this time, mandatory mobile testing occurs only in New York State -- and to a limited extent in Maryland.
In partnership with the Deanna’s Lyric Foundation, the Contact Voltage Information Center (CVIC) is petitioning all state and national legislators to enact contact voltage testing laws nationwide.
Please sign this petition urging your lawmakers to learn about this issue and take proactive steps towards mitigating electrical hazards. Pass it along to your friends and family-- you will make a difference.
By the time we learned of Contact Voltage, it was too late:
On May 5, 2006, our 14-year old daughter, Deanna Camille Green, was killed by 277 volts of electricity when she touched a wire fence in a city park during our church’s softball game in Baltimore, MD. Her young life was horrifically taken from us by an invisible danger lurking beneath our city streets and parks: contact voltage. Ever since, we have been on a mission to preserve our daughter’s memory by preventing other families from experiencing a similar tragedy. We have testified twice before the Maryland and Rhode Island General Assemblies and are on a national campaign to educate citizens and lawmakers alike on this issue to help pass contact voltage testing laws.
We need your help to enhance national public safety measures and protect innocent lives! Please sign this petition and visit www.cvicfacts.org for full coverage of the issue.
Anthony “Bubba” and Nancy Green
Executive Directors of The Deanna’s Lyric Foundation
- State and National Legislators
I just signed the following petition addressed to our lawmakers.
I am writing to you today to urge you to adopt legislation requiring “Contact Voltage” testing. When underground electric utility infrastructure has reached its useful life or become damaged, it can leak electricity. These leaks, known as “Contact Voltage”, electrify all conductive surfaces in their proximity including sidewalks, manhole covers, and fences.
Contact voltage poses a major safety threat to pedestrians and pets by electrifying publicly accessible surfaces in areas where our families live, work, and play. Contact voltage is prevalent in all 50 US States and has been responsible for the electrocution deaths of children, adults, and pets.
New York, Rhode Island and Maryland recently passed laws requiring electric utility companies to perform proactive contact voltage testing. As your constituents, we deserve those same protections and the basic right to walk in our communities without encountering deadly infrastructure faults.
In addition to the public safety dangers caused by contact voltage, it also affects the environment through wasteful and continuous energy loss. Contact voltage is an electric leak. By repairing contact voltage hazards, thousands of tons of carbon emissions are eliminated.
Lastly, contact voltage negatively impacts the reliability of electric service in our communities. Proactive detection and repair of contact voltage hazards improves reliability, reduces service interruptions, and virtually eliminates secondary events such as manhole explosions.
You can ensure the safety and well-being of your constituents from this dangerous infrastructure concern. I urge you to adopt legislation requiring electric utilities to perform mandatory contact voltage testing.
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