Monday, January 28, 2008

LPC's... Not just a "Lame" Factor


(a cacher being comical... Haha)

Are Lamp Posts Caches (LPC's) beginning to get a bit lame?

Lame because there's a lot of them?? Lame because they're too easy???

Besides the "lame" factor, scroll down in this blog and find out why it's dangerous to hide caches on lamp posts and other types of electrical equipment.

I thank you for visiting,


Tuesday, January 22, 2008



A fellow cacher just shared this picture with us in a forum as an example of what's out there... (I believe this one is now archived)

The picture above scares me much more than a micro placed under the skirt of a lamp post. (not saying that a micro attached under a LPC's skirt is a smart choice, by any means) but this one is much more serious.

This cache is located INSIDE the lamp post.

This is an example of one of the worst, most dangerous types of geocaches that a person could ever hide.

All a person needs to do to receive a severe electrical shock is reach inside the post and contact energized bare lugs and/or the energized wire.

This is an accident waiting to happen.

Not all people know that a large amount of the time the wires in these posts are live, even in the daylight hours. A photo-cell, located on the top of a lamp post is normally what turns the light on and off.
The caps that protect the energized lugs are not always on all the way leaving energized lugs/wires at the opening exposed. Some lugs are attached to the inside wall of the post without any fixed insulation.

If any of you ever come across a cache like the one above please contact a reviewer ASAP to report this imminent danger and to have it archived.
Also, please contact your local power utility company about the issue so they can tighten the cover on properly.

This is not what geocaching is all about.


Sunday, January 20, 2008

Lamp Post Caches (LPC's), Are They Safe?


(updated Jan.23/08)
Lamp Post Caches, are they safe?

At the end of this post I want you to answer the question... Please take a read...

***In this post I'm refering to the type of lamp post cache that a person needs to lift a skirt or cover to grab the cache. This cover usually protects the bolts of a post and most of the time, but not all, there are no wires exposed. I am NOT talking about a lamp post cache where a cacher would hide a micro inside the opening of the lamp post beside energized wiring. A cache placed inside the opening of a lamp post is a very serious safety concern and should NEVER be created. If a cache is found inside a lamp post, please contact a reviewer to have the cache archived and the local utility company to close the lamp post opening properly.***

Now... let's talk about a micro under a skirt of a LPC...

I "Googled" Lamp Post Caches on my computer and came up with a lot of hits on the subject. I read how they're lame because they're so boring after finding 10 of them in a row. I read that they're on private property and that a cacher needs permission before they hide a cache in the lamp post. I read that a lamp post cache caused a bomb threat.

All of these concerns are valid but from a safety perspective I think we're missing the boat. There needs to be more thought on how a lamp posts electrical equipment fails. It's happening way too much to say.. Ahhh, that never happens...

Remember, everytime you lift a lamp post cover to find a cache, you're trusting that the lampost wiring has not failed from old age or has not been vandelized before you got there.

As I've said in the past, a city, town, etc can have the best electrical maintenance program in the world, and still, the power equipment can fail, like anything else.

For a handful of you that may be asking yourself, "I haven't heard of anyone getting killed by geocaching by a lampost", you're right, and I hope that knowbody ever does. BUT people doing other hobbies, walking their dog, playing around lamposts and other types of electrical equipment are getting killed.

Here's some proof on what's going on "out there". (please click on the link for the full story)

(1)... The electrified spots were discovered during emergency inspections prompted by Ms. Lane's death...Manhattan had 53 electrified manholes and service-box covers, and 30 charged lampposts. The Bronx had 6 electrified manhole and service-box covers and 25 charged lampposts. READ LINK

(2) The downtown electrocution of a 9-year-old boy was caused by the failure of the insulation in a 480-volt wire in the base of a light post, according to a report from investigators. READ LINK

(3)An ungrounded light pole is being eyed as the possible cause of death of a 9-year-old girl at a self-serve carwash Monday evening, a city official said Wednesday.

These are just a small hand full of incidents that are occuring out there.

Lamp posts are meant to be safe because they're out in the general public but as you have just read, that's not always the case. Lamp posts are meant to give light to an area and to be left alone... not to be played on or in.
Also, if we teach our children it's okay to lift up covers to this equipment, will they know what not to enter when they're alone? Probably NOT. READ LINK
Let's not have our kids get-used-to playing around this equipment.

There are so many other places we can hide and find geocaches, let's stay away from electrical equipment.

So, are LPC's safe?

Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, January 19, 2008



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