An Enhanced Power Line Safety Setting (EPSS) is a fault-sensing device such as a circuit breaker and/or line recloser that causes the power to turn off.
An Enhanced Power Line Safety Setting will automatically turn off the flow of electricity faster if a foreign object contacts an energized line or there is an issue with the equipment in a High Fire-Threat District. A High Fire Threat District is a geographic area determined to be at a higher risk for wildfires.
Enhanced Power Line Safety Settings cause power to go out faster when an issue is identified, for the purpose of preventing a spark that could result in a fire ignition. These devices prevent potential arcs and sparks by interrupting the power supply to the affected electrical line. When a line with the setting trips, or shuts off service, we are required to patrol the entire line before restoring power to ensure public safety.
Terms also used to refer to Enhanced Power Line Safety Settings are Fast Trip, Fast Trip Settings, and Hot Line Tags.
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For an overview of how Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings work and how you will be notified of restoration efforts, visit Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings - YouTube