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What are the yellow grids on telephone poles?
February 10, 2011 6:29 AM   Subscribe

What are the yellow grids on telephone poles?

In USA. Located on pole approximately 3' above the ground. Does not wrap all the way around. Not reflective. Sorry, I don't have a picture. I'm posting from work and I can see Google results but can't click through. My guess is some sort of RFID tag, but that's a SWAG. Thanks.
posted by fixedgear to Grab Bag (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
The pole number, including the voltage ie: 13kv
posted by jara1953 at 6:38 AM on February 10, 2011


fixedgear, I can give you a specific authoritative reply as I am the mayor of the town right next to you and we just talked about this at Public Safety last night. They're reflectors that PECO is mindlessly putting on EVERY UTILITY POLE, in order to keep drivers from driving into them. Never mind that you could probably count on one hand the number of vehicle/pole collisions in the Philly suburbs that didn't involve alcohol, texting, or sleeping drivers.

They're considered to be cheaper and more effective than the old white circular reflectors.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 6:40 AM on February 10, 2011 [11 favorites]


The Philadelphia Electric COmpany (PECO) says they are reflectors.
posted by Rob Rockets at 6:40 AM on February 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


I think they actually are reflective and they are to help drivers. Here is an article with pictures.
posted by ChrisHartley at 6:40 AM on February 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


Triple jinx.
posted by ChrisHartley at 6:41 AM on February 10, 2011


You're talking about these, right?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 6:41 AM on February 10, 2011 [1 favorite]


The pole number, including the voltage ie: 13kv

No. Pole number used to be nailed-on metal tag, now it's metal bands with GPS coordinates.
posted by fixedgear at 7:47 AM on February 10, 2011


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