Eversource chopper will survey high voltage towers

Helicopters hovering over high voltage electric equipment this week should not be a cause for concern, according to one of the area's leading utilities.

Eversource Energy announced Monday that a white and blue chopper equipped with heat-sensing, infrared-scanning technology will make the rounds this week to conduct semiannual, aerial inspections on steel utility structures. The goal is to detect potential problems and schedule maintenance and upgrades before reliability issues crop up, the utility said.

Inspections will begin in the Wilmington/Woburn area, before moving to the MetroWest area, the South Shore, Greater New Bedford, and Cape Cod.

The Jet Ranger helicopter with a registration number N37WA plans to fly between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.