We have a bank that has the Service Disconnect located outdoors and they are concerned about tampering. The question comes up- Can I install a padlock on the Service Disconnect to prevent unauthorized persons from turning off the power to the bank. I see the words Readily Accessible in Article 230 and need a second opinion.
Little things like padlocks do not slow down the fire department. If they want in something they have the tools to get in. In this case, the point of a fire axe. I have seen firemen bust the seal off a meter, pick the ring off and pop out the meter from 4 feet away with an axe. It is really a couple quick flicks of the wrist. I bet Trumpy can do it
I have seen firemen bust the seal off a meter, pick the ring off and pop out the meter from 4 feet away with an axe. It is really a couple quick flicks of the wrist. I bet Trumpy can do it
Power Company has fusing outside of the building boundary here (ie before the metering gear), these fuses are normally pulled in the case of a building fire. BTW, the PoCo is responsible for the removal of the fuses and are often responded at the same time as the Fire Service (as part of a pre-determined plan).
Having said that, you also have to think of other systems like sprinkler pumps and other fire control equipment.
Re: Locking "On" a Service Disconnect
#188377 08/03/0910:41 PM08/03/0910:41 PM
Locks on the disconnects outside of commercial buildings are the norm around here. I would say about 1/2 of them have some old rusted up master lock on them.
All the time here as well. All types of occupancies. Commercial, the land lord/owner never has keys. Not to worry. I vote to allow.
BTW: I don't think it is any thing (regardless of the quality of a keyed lock) That a $100 (USA) cordless and 1/4" bit could not defeat in under 90 seconds.Ya know, Hard steel and soft brass for the important stuff!