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To safely maintain its facilities, provide reliable service and help obtain accurate meter readings, JCP&L asks that customers provide easy and unobstructed access to its electric meters. To assist with this, JCP&L is offering the following information regarding newly approved meter connection guidelines to customers who are rebuilding or elevating homes located in coastal areas identified as FEMA flood zones:
Meter heights cannot exceed 60 inches above a horizontal surface. Acceptable surfaces include decks featuring permanent fixed stairs at least 36 inches wide.
Minimum clearances for the meter socket for overhead and underground construction are 42 inches across, 48 inches in front and 15 inches on each side of the meter socket.
Decks must be constructed to meet all applicable JCP&L standards, National Electrical Safety Code, National Electric Code (NEC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and local building code requirements.
JCP&L must review and approve the point of attachment prior to construction, and encourages customers to contact JCP&L prior to submitting plans to builders or municipal authorities.
Safety is a top priority for JCP&L and in order to protect its customers and facilities, the company requests that property owners contact them before any construction that involves utility lines. JCP&L can advise customers early in the process on minimum clearances that are required.
Please see the attached documents for detailed drawings of meter installation requirements and meter decks.
If you require additional information, please contact your Area Manager, Jim Markey @ 732-923-2350.
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1. New Jersey
Most Frequent Disasters:damaging wind, winter storms, floods and flash floods
Weather-Related Fatalities (2006-2013): 87
New Jersey earns the top spot on this list, in large part due to damage wrought by Sandy -- which had weakened from a hurricane to a post-tropical cyclone by the time it the Jersey Shore -- in October 2012. The state was among the hardest hit by Sandy, which was the second-costliest storm in U.S. history, after Hurricane Katrina. Many homes and businesses were destroyed along the Jersey Shore, and a portion of the Atlantic City Boardwalk washed away. Shortly after Sandy hit, another storm brought wet snow that caused more power outages and damage.
Read more at http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/insurance/T028-S001-top-10-states-most-at-riskof-disaster/index.html#bM2kILtQWpIzsXJa.99
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BUILDING SAFETY MONTH Safety information & hand-outs
Flood Elevation Rule FAQs: In order to better protect lives and property following Superstorm Sandy, the State has adopted emergency rules that set minimum elevation standards for the reconstruction of houses and buildings in areas that are in danger of flooding. The FAQs answer some of the most common questions. Go to the link above to read the FAQs. For guidance on how to navigate flood maps on FEMA’s site, please go toAccessing Flood Zone Maps Through FEMA's Website.
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