Rhode Island


A dog was electrocuted by an electrified manhole in the sidewalk.

Learn More: http://www2.turnto10.com/news/2011/jan/27/womans-dog-electrocuted-during-walk-ar-378010/


In the winter of 2011 a 4 month old lab puppy was electrocuted and died in Providence during a week of intense snow storms.  Conditions created by the slush and salt created the perfect set of conditions for compromised, underground wires to result in contact voltage.  As a result of the death of this puppy and a heightened awareness of this problem, the RI Legislature passed a bill that calls for the detection and remediation of contact voltage under a program to be administered by the PUC.  Currently, hearings on this program are underway in RI.


To voice your concerns to representatives in Rhode Island please use the links below:

National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates

Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission

Rhode Island U.S. Representatives

Rhode Island U.S. Senators

Local Legislators – Search your address and then scroll to the bottom of the page for all state and federal legislators for your district.



Please click on the map below to learn about contact voltage in your State.