Safety instructions for the electric fence

Safety instructions for the electric fence - guides and tips

Some important instructions for the installation of an electric fence. The instructions and laws can be different according to the country and area.

According to the country and the area, there are different instructions and laws for electric fences. Here are some useful tips:

  • The instructions from the producer have to be considered by the installers and users of electric fence systems.
  • The voltage at 500 Ohm (voltage at contact) has to be minimum 2.000 V and is not allowed to be more than 10.000 V. For animals that are difficult to herd, a voltage of 4.000 V is recommended.
  • The impulse energy is not allowed to exceed 5 Joule at physical contact.
  • You should only use the necessary impulse energy, not as much as possible.
  • Electric fences for the deterrence of birds or for the fencing in of domestic animals should be operated with low performance electric fences.
  • The electric fences used have to offer a suitable performance to ensure the values above can be held even with loss (e.g. vegetation).
  • According to the length of the fence conductors with an appropriate conductivity have to be used.
  • The voltage of the fence has to be controlled regularly.
  • Electric fences which do not conform to the specifications and requirements are not allowed to be put in operation or be kept in operation.
  • According to the animal species the appropriate fence height has to be complied with.
  • An electric fence must not be operated with two separate electric fences. Between two independent electric fence systems a minimum distance has to comply.
  • Barbed wire must not be electrified.
  • By the grounding of the electric fence, a minimum distance of 10 m to other grounding systems has to comply.
  • If an electric fence crosses a public way the fence has to offer a non-electric gate or passage.
  • Near to public ways/roads the electric fence has to be marked with warning signs (approx. every 100 m and at side roads).

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