Electricity may power our lives, but what happens when it goes “rogue?” Enter the unsung hero of the electrical world: Fuse cutouts. Fuse cutouts are devices that control the flow of electricity in power systems. They serve as the first line of defense against power surges and overloading, protecting electrical systems from damage and potential safety hazards. They work by heating up and melting in the event of an overload or surge, stopping the flow of electricity. 

Fuse cutouts play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and reliability of electrical systems, particularly in areas prone to power surges like when high-powered equipment is in use or during thunderstorms.  

In a continued effort to improve reliability, we are replacing the porcelain cutouts with a polymer that is more reliable. 

DTE crews are working on upgrading cutouts in various locations as part of their accelerated electric reliability projects, which also include tree trimming and infrastructure updates. These projects aim to improve the service and reliability in the short and long term. Stay updated on DTE’s activities by regularly checking the Macomb County community page or following DTE on Facebook and Twitter.