In the effort to prevent arc flash hazards among utility workers, Brooks Utility Products Group has introduced a serious new weapon. The new FlashSentry™ meter socket locks away dangerous 480 service voltage to protect workers from accidental contact.
FlashSentry's patent-pending Safe-T-Guard™ barrier isolates the 480 service voltage in a separate, sealable compartment from the 120 volt metering compartment. FlashSentry offers several alternatives for meter form conversions, including meter form 12S to 5S for an eight-terminal meter, and meter forms 6, 8, 9 , 10 and 10S for a 13-terminal meter. Voltage is reduced by either the Two Sockets Two Meters VT Pack™ with Molex connections, or with conventional voltage transformers.
Because of the arc flash hazards posed by accidental exposure to 480 service voltage, utilities have considered the costly, time-consuming potential of removing 480 service voltage from all their meter sites, according to Scott Mann, Brooks UPG product manager.
Mann said use of the FlashSentry will help utilities adhere to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards driven by the latest National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E standards for Protective Personnel Equipment (PPE). "Where there is the potential for contact with 480 volt service, utility workers are required to wear full PPE," he said. "FlashSentry provides utility workers with much reduced arc flash fault risk, which may reduce the requirement for additional flame retardant clothing."
FlashSentry joins a full range of Brooks UPG safety-related products, including test switches, transockets, primary meter enclosures and warm-up boards.
For more information about FlashSentry and the arc flash hazard, visit www.brooksutility.com/flashsentry.