Tuesday, February 8, 2011
This week's Be the Change for Animals cause is StreetZaps, a non-partisan initiative organized and led by Blair Sorrel to reduce the risk of injury and fatality from contact voltage shock or electrocution resulting from damaged or tampered wiring.
In 2001, Blair read about how a leaking lamp post killed an innocent dog named Zorro in New York City. After reading this disturbing news, she recognized the pervasive danger of voltage hazard to pedestrians and their pets. Her advocacy began by posting a simple "Watch Where You Walk Your Dog" flyer. This outreach effort would evolve later evolve into StreetZaps.com.
According to StreetZaps, any metal object can deliver a shock including lamp posts, fire hydrants, manhole covers, pay phones, scaffolding, automated entrances, ATMs, and unmarked metal plates. Moisture increases the risk of shock while salt increases conductivity. Dog urine contains both.
Protect yourself and your dog by watching where you walk. Avoid tying your dog’s leash to – or elimination on – a lamp or any metal post. Avoid moving toward metal and walk instead toward wood, plastic and other non-conductive items. Avoid rubber dog booties, which retain conductive moisture. Avoid conductive ice melt products. Avoid leashes and collars with metal parts.
Learn more about this issue and help spread the word by visiting the StreetZaps Safety Page. You can also download the StreetZaps flyer and share the link on your blog, facebook profile or twitter. Help reduce the risk of outdoor shocks to pedestrians and their pets!