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Jul 8, 2014

Responsibilities of Electronic Fence Owners

Property owners who elect to install electric fencing have maintenance and legal responsibilities to consider. Electric fences are not items that can be simply installed and left. They require more maintenance than a regular fence and are therefore an ongoing commitment. There are various electric fence compliance issues to consider too which your chosen electric fence installer should be able to advise you on.

There are many reasons why electric fencing is chosen as a security barrier for home and business owners. By surrounding the perimeter of your property with such a fence you can expect for criminals to be put off entering your property. If the fence is tampered with or the wires cut, the alarm system will be triggered and if linked to armed response, help will be on its way. While those who make contact with the fence will be shocked, the settings are non-lethal. The reliability of such a fence is made even greater with the fact that they are supplied with a back up battery, that can supply the fence with 6-8 hours of power in the event of a power outage.

Maintenance Responsibilities

It is important to keep the fence clear of long grass, weeds and other foliage. This means that bushes and hedges will need to be continuously trimmed along with the grass. This is to ensure that the surrounding vegetation does not make contact with the fence and ignite, or trigger false alarms which can be quite inconvenient. The fence and its insulators should be regularly checked for breakage and damage if you want to ensure that you are always getting the absolute best out of the fence. You can carry out these checks yourself or arrange for such checks to be done professionally by your electric fence installer.

Legal Responsibilities

Every electric fence installed must be checked and tested in order to be provided with an EFC (Electric Fence System Certificate of Compliance) certificate which is mandatory for electric fence compliance. The legislation dictates that any electric fence installed after 1 December 2012 must be compliant and have a valid EFC. On request by an inspector, the certificate must be available to view. The legislation also dictates that all property transfers on properties that have electric fencing, that take place after 1 December 2012 require an EFC. This must be lodged with the conveyance attorney working on the transfer.

For more information and advice on the responsibilities that electric fence owners are faced with, turn to the electric fence installer of choice – Amlec.


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