Con Edison Roped off this Lower East Side Block for Stray Voltage

Posted on: March 17th, 2017 at 5:18 am by

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Nearly the entire block of Suffolk Street, between Broome and Grand, is currently roped off due to potential stray voltage.

Con Edison placed neon cones, and unspooled yards of caution tape beside the perimeter fence of Beth Hamedrash Hagadol. Apparently, there is a huge concern of shock in the wake of this week’s over-hyped snowstorm.

The last time the hot-button issue of stray voltage came up publicly was in February 2014, when a dog was electrocuted to death on Clinton Street. Objects on the street tend to “energize” after snowstorms when a deadly mixture of salt and water results. The euphemism is “contact voltage.”

When Con Edison addressed the issue before Community Board 3 a few years ago, one of the main criticisms was placement of signage. If they can’t fix the problem, it was argued, then at least create warnings that are more easily visible and legible (i.e. at eye level). While that wasn’t resolved, they did, however, take the lead on dispensing with the fine print and using alternative wording that’s more understandable – “Warning, possible electrical condition, do not enter.”

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