A customer interested in installing electric fencing on their site raised a question which we’d like to share with you today. It was about their geographical location. Their area was subject to regular and often heavy rainfall. So they asked us:
“How does an electric fence actually cope with wet weather? …. Could it short out?”
The idea of putting something electrical in the direct path of water clearly made them nervous and it is an understandable concern for anyone not familiar with how an electric security fence is designed.
Here at Advanced Perimeter Systems we manufacture Electro-Fence™ which is a premium, quality, security electrified fence system to deter and detect intruders – unlike agricultural fencing which has a lesser specification. So from our standpoint, the answer to the customer’s question is simple: Electro-Fence™ has no problems with extreme weather conditions (heavy rainfall, snow or freezing temperatures). The system is designed to work with special insulators – the intermediate insulator (EF260 model) and end/corner insulator (EF270), both made from high density polyethylene.
Electro-Fence™ Intermediate Insulator
This insulator has been designed for minimum contact with the fence wires keeping capacitive losses to a minimum. It is also self-cleaning and fitted with a water barrier to prevent tracking.
Electro-Fence™ End/Corner Insulator
This insulator allows maximum spacing between live and earth in order to minimise voltage loss on the electric fence due to tracking. There is no overlap of live and earth wires and a water barrier separates the two sides.
The installation of an electric security fence and its insulators must of course be done correctly but once the installation is complete, the site owner can have peace of mind that unwanted intruders will be deterred no matter what the rain or snow might try to do! Check out this insulators installation photo guide which shows one of our approved installers attaching EF insulators to an Electro-Fence™ system.
We have developed our own network of approved electric fence installers who are given full training in installation and maintenance here at our Head Office in Stirling, Scotland. Whether customers are in the United States or Europe, Middle East or Far East we can help give them the confidence they need.