What's Up With the Helicopters Around Salem Today?
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Have you been wondering what the helicopter flyovers in Salem have been about today?
The answer is: National Grid is conducting helicopter flyovers in several North Shore towns today, to inspect lines and equipment with the goal of preventing potential outages before they occur.
The initial inspections were supposed to take place on Oct. 3, but due to inclement weather, they were rescheduled for today.
National Grid said the aerial view gained from a flyover enables crews to spot potential problems with trees or tree limbs that may be too close to lines. Damage caused by falling trees or limbs can be a major cause of power outages.
Inspectors conduct visual and infra-red inspections for general infrastructure wear and tear. The infra-red camera detects heat and is helpful in pinpointing areas where equipment wear or loose connections literally create visible “hot spots.” Once problem areas are identified, crews are dispatched to make any required repairs.
National Grid has notified police and fire departments as well as municipal officials in communities where the patrols will take place.
Anyone with questions or concerns can contact National Grid’s toll-free customer service line at 1-800-322-3223.