We would like to commend you and your personnel for the excellent job you do to protect our communities. Just like our profession, firefighting is a dangerous career that has to be taken seriously. Needless to say, both our jobs require that safety is a top priority. We would like to make a few recommendations regarding electrical hazards that could make your job a lot safer:
Many firefighters rely on the main disconnect to de-energize a building or home. BE CAREFUL! Many older businesses or homes have circuits that are separate from the main disconnect. Also, some buildings have two sets of breakers in different areas.
Cutting the service drop is not recommended and can be very dangerous.
Pulling a meter is very dangerous and we ask that you do not do this under any circumstance. The possibility of a short that would explode the meter is very real and can be fatal.
We would be happy to come to a meeting and provide electrical safety training for first responders. We also have a video about electrical safety for first responders that we can mail you.