Keeping Electric Fencing to a Safe User Level

Many people are still very cautious about using electric fencing to protect their land or premises. As a result they find their property or land comes under regular attack from unwanted intruders as they are able to easily by-pass the current barriers in front of them. What these people fail to understand is electric fencing can be kept to a safe level, deterring both intruders and their livestock from crossing the barriers, without causing any lasting harm to either. Many livestock owners use these fences on a day to day basis to safeguard their animals from potential predators and to stop their livestock from escaping. Electric fencing can be kept to a safe user level and it is important if you are installing this fencing around your property then you adhere to the advice provided.

It is important to understand that these fences can cause serious harm when set to full charge. Most accidents that people hear about are caused by a fully charged fence. The owner has either ignored the advice given or accidentally switched the power to full. Regardless, adjusting the settings so the fence is not fully charged, you will deliver an electric shock that is moderate to the trespasser or livestock trying to move across the barrier. Providing regular checks on the voltage levels to make sure it hasn’t been switched to an unprecedented level is very important.

When installing an electric fence around your premises it is wise to put up warning signs alerting trespassers of the potential danger ahead as well as other users of the premises. Hopefully this will deter them from entering if they are uninvited.

When installing your fence it is important that you fully understand what you are doing. If for any reason you don’t understand what to do, speak to an electric fence contractor and they will come around to install your fence. They will also test it to make sure it is working correctly.

Electric fencing should never be tampered with or modified before the manufacturer has been consulted. There are many different electric fences on the market and each one has been specifically modified for a particular purpose. Altering the fences composition can affect how it works. In the case of an emergency it is essential that a set of instructions are left near to the power source to allow anyone who needs to disconnect to do so.

Electric Fencing

Electric Fencing Suppliers stock and supply a wide range of electrical fencing products. Electric fencing can range from pest control, to prevention and intrusion into more specific areas such as office buildings and secure compounds etc.

Electric fencing suppliers offer security products, and these can be purchased in kit form and fitted by the purchaser, or can be supplied and installed by the suppliers.This type of fencing may be mains or battery powered, and many different systems are available to suit almost any requirements. For example : portable battery kits are extremely useful for the containment of livestock such as poultry etc., as they can be set up virtually anywhere they are required, and are very easy to dismantle and move to a new location.

Electric fencing suppliers can provide many accessories and these can include, electric fencing tape, rope, posts, netting and connectors and strainers.

Electric fencing systems are used widely for livestock and the type of system used will vary according to the type of livestock.

Some of these systems can include electric fencing for ;

  • Poultry
  • Horses
  • Dogs

Electric poultry netting is used for the containment and protection of chickens etc, and without this type of fencing, free range poultry would not be possible. Electric poultry netting is very effective at protecting poultry from predators such as foxes, yet also allows the poultry to roam free. These types of systems can be mains or battery powered. Other kinds of netting are available for sheep and rabbits.

The function of an electric fence is to deter people or animals from crossing a boundary. The electric shock from the fence can range from uncomfortable to very painful and in some cases may even be lethal. Electric fencing today is generally used for agricultural purpose, and is also frequently used to protect security sensitive areas. When an electric fence is touched by a person or an animal an electrical circuit is created. Electric fences make use of a component known as a power energizer which converts the power into a short quick high voltage pulse. An animal or person who comes into contact with the fence wire will complete the electrical circuit and conduct the pulse, this has the effect of causing an electric shock. The pain or effects of the shock will vary depending on the voltage and current used and also the amount of contact between the recipient and the fence or ground.

Electrified fences must be insulated from the earth and any other materials that conduct electricity. The fencing must not be fixed directly to metal or wooden posts, and avoid any vegetation, undergrowth etc. Wood or metal posts require porcelain or plastic insulators to be attached to them, and the fencing material wire etc, is then attached to the insulators.

Lethal electric fences are used for anti-personnel purposes, and were used in world wars 1 & 2.

Theft of Electric Fencing Energisers

By the very nature that a battery driven electric fence energiser is left in remote rural areas invariably on the edge of fields means that they are easy targets and liable to be stolen by itinerant thieves. It is very hard to disguise their presence as the fence itself is highly visible and probably several miles long so a thief has to simply follow the fence to find the energiser and purloin it leaving valuable livestock to be free to roam or removing the necessary protection from predators. Visualise a herd of Elephants free to enter human habitation due to the lack of electric current in the restraining fence.

Reports of energiser theft has been growing over the years as more people realise how effective they are. Regrettably the energiser is the expensive component of an electric fence making it a plum target.

There are various methods of reducing theft. The first is the use of an energised metal box. This is simply a metal box that is insulated from the ground with the energiser and battery enclosed. It is then connected to the energiser so is live in itself. This metal box will have upwards of 6000v attached to it so is a pretty good deterrent in itself and has proved successful over the years. Access to the box is usually by an insulated key so is reasonably user friendly whilst being reasonably effective. There have however been reports that the whole box has been taken probably by using insulating gloves to prevent the electric shock being effective.

Another method is to cover the energiser in a camouflaged cover in an effort to make it less visible. This has been ineffective as the fence itself is still highly visible and very simple to track back to find the energiser.

Recently a new system has been introduced on the market based on a GPS locating device and electronics that are able to register that the energiser has been tampered with. As the energiser is moved or removed from the input power source the electronics register this change and stimulate a text message to be sent to a pre set mobile number. It will then transmit a GPS tracking signal for 48 hours to a mobile App allowing you to track it and locate it.

The GPS Electric Fence energisers themselves have a warning that they may be tracked by GPS as a pro active theft reduction plan. The principle here that a thief will read it, change his mind about this particular energiser and decide to look for another target. The system is not only expected to reduce theft but also increase the recovery rate of stolen energiser. This is currently very low.