Busting the myths of electric fencing


Electric fences are beneficial on sites where security is vital, such as dangerous construction sites, military bases and warehouses containing valuable goods. Prospective intruders can’t even touch them without receiving an electric shock, making them even harder to breach than other types of security fencing. Furthermore, they make fantastic deterrents because of the pain they can inflict. However, there are many misconceptions associated with these fences, which may make you reluctant to install them at your site or premises. In today’s blog, we’ll tackle the most common misconceptions head-on and explain why you shouldn’t be concerned about them.

1. Myths of electric fencing “Electric fences are deadly.”

You may be hesitant to utilise electric fencing because of its deadly reputation. You want to deter intruders, not kill them, after all! In reality, there is no need for concern. In fact, electric fences cause fewer injuries and deaths than many household objects, including kitchen utensils, household power sockets and (amusingly) trampolines. Worldwide, electric fences only cause about one serious injury every year. Electric fencing-related deaths are even rarer. This is because electric fences are run at high voltages but low amplitudes. The high number of vaults can be felt like a nasty shock, but the low number of amps prevents the shock from becoming prolonged and deadly.

2. “Electric fences are expensive to run.”

Many people believe that electric fences are costly to run because they’re such sophisticated pieces of technology. However, because they run at such low amplitudes, electric fences are actually very affordable. Of course, the cost will vary depending on the fence you choose and which electricity company you’re with. However, in most cases, the amount it costs to run an electric fence for a month can be measured in pennies rather than pounds.

3. Myths of electric fencing “Electric fences aren’t effective during power cuts.”

Contrary to popular belief, there’s no reason to worry about power cuts when operating an electric fence. There are a wide variety of backup power options available that should be able to run electric fences. Even if your budget doesn’t cover backup power systems, electric fences can still keep intruders out during a power cut. After all, they are sturdy fences even when they don’t have a current running through them.

If you’re currently deciding whether to invest in electric fencing, remember that they’re cheaper, safer and more effective than you think. Here at Zaun, we offer a wide variety of perimeter fencing solutions, including several electrified options, so check out our product pages today.

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai. They are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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