Drilling into a light pole can be a very risky task. Often times there is no good way to determine what has been done to the pole in the past, what wiring or conduits have been installed inside, or to determine how much rust and corrosion exist. Even gaining access to the proper height is sometimes a chore in itself. Light poles were simply not designed for security applications.
Many electrical technicians that do this job daily have suffered work-related accidents, injuries and illnesses after contact with electrical power. Before even touching a pole that might be an electrical hazard, test the object with a voltage tester. Never drill blindly.
In aerial and overhead work, if your equipment comes into contact with an energized power line, the electric current will flow to the ground. When this occurs, you should be in an aerial bucket that is built and rated to be isolated from grounding.
Moisture-laden vines or branches on poles that cross power lines can create electrical risks as well. Any protruding box can represent another hazard for climbing the pole. Improper or eroded grounding is another great danger.
Coaxial cable, fibre optic cable, transformers and street lights can also become hazards when drilling into a light pole and trying to mount a Security Camera. Today, utility poles may hold much more than the uninsulated copper wire that they originally supported. Steel utility poles are becoming more prevalent in the US thanks to improvements in engineering and corrosion prevention coupled with lowered production costs. However, premature failure due to corrosion is still a great concern.
We have a much, much better solution. Purchase a Security Camera Pole specifically manufactured for the exact purpose of mounting a Security Camera. These poles are purpose-built, rated for the application, and are much more rigid in order to dampen any shake or sway normally found in lighting poles.
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