VIDEO: 5 Essential Electric Fence Safety Tips From 'Conquered'

by Meredith Grace

If you raise livestock or live in an area where wildlife may occasionally wander onto your property and pillage your garden crops, you might want an electric fence. While this type of containment is relatively commonplace, you should be cautious when setting up your electric fence. 

Need convincing? Check out the above demonstration from the cast from our show House Hazards, and discover how small modifications, and household fire hazards do not mix with electric fences. 

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Please, Keep These Tips In Mind When Building Your Electric Fence. 

1. Make Sure All Is Up To Code.

If you’re going the DIY route when building an electric fence, make sure you’re up to the same codes and standards as the store-bought variety. Just like the video above showed, an electric fence without a regulator is not only dangerous to humans and animals that encounter it, but also an unwanted fire-hazard with the the potential for widespread damage.

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2. Never Electrify Barbed Wire. 

One electric pulse will be enough to deter most who come across an electric fence, but the barbs on a wire may trap a tangled animal and could result in serious injury or death. Remind yourself when building this security contraption, that it's for protection and not uninentional violence. 

3. Be Wary Of Storms. 

Never approach or disconnect an electric fence during a lightning storm. If possible, disconnect the fence energizer prior to the storm. As an extra protection for your livestock and fence, you can install a lightning arrester that can safely divert the charge from a lightning strike into the ground. 

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4. Consider The Ground You Build On. 

Placement of an electric fence should be taken into careful consideration. If at all possible, avoid placing electrified lines under overhead power lines and keep the ground earth spike at least 10m away from any other earthing system. 

5. Water & Fire Are Deal Breakers. 

If you live in an area with a high risk of wildfires, be sure to clear brush away from the fencing wires. Similarly, do not install the fence in an area where the ground may become waterlogged and conductive to electricity. 

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