Utility Pole Mat
||Maintenance crews must cover thousands of miles of utility lines each year and inspect them for upkeep (over 90,000 miles worth!). Nationwide there are over 180 MILLION utility poles, many of which carry a non-exempt status, and the numbers just keep rising as more and more people move to rural areas and new power lines are added to support new communities. Devices attached to these poles are subject to overloads, shorts etc that could cause a shower of sparks to fall to the underlying vegetation.
Electrical power presents a specific hazard that results in mutual concern from electric utilities and local, state and federal fire protection agencies. The same weather conditions that contribute to power line faults also lead and contribute to the rapid spread of wildfire.
In California alone Current numbers show that maintenance crews are responsible for inspecting and removing flammable material within a 10’ foot radius around approximately 120,000 poles and transmission structures in State Responsibility Areas. In the CAL FIRE State Responsibility Area (SRA) requires clearing of flammable fuels for a minimum 10-foot radius from the outer circumference of certain poles and towers (non-exempt or subject poles and towers). Any electrical utilities in mountainous, grass, brush, or forest-covered lands must adhere to the requirements for vegetation clearances around electrical conductors.
So, how do you handle the ground level vegetation? Herbicides? Lawn mowers? Weed-whackers? Raking? All of the above? There is an easier way! We’ve created the WeedEnder® Utility Pole Mat, a fire-retardant mat that provides vegetation control within a 10’ radius around the pole. A mat so strong and durable that it carries a 20 year warranty! Utilizing WeedEnder as part of your weed management plan can provide a more permanent solution, saving you time and money down the road.
WeedEnder® vegetation control matting has been used by the departments of transportation, gas, electric, cable and communications industries for years. Using 100% recycled plastics, our matting is 1/4” thick and is water permeable, and controls vegetation without the use of herbicides!
• Prevents Vegetation Growth
• 20 Year Warranty
• Easy to Maintain
• No Herbicides
• Easily Cut To Fit Any Area