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Safety Around Pad-Mounted Transformers

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Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe

Pad-mounted transformers change high voltage electricity to lower voltages that are used by many household appliances. The mounted transformers are found on residential lawns or gardens. Which poses a safety problem for those who may come in close contact with the transformers. We have come up with a list of precautions you can take to prevent any harm to you or anyone else.

Install Locks

Children are drawn to these pad-mounted transformers. Often they like to climb on top and hide around the box. This is highly dangerous because the transformers are carrying high voltages of electricity. To prevent this hazardous situation, place a gate and lock around the transformer to keep children and pets away.

Refrain From Digging

These transformers are surrounded by underground cables. When digging around the transformers you could potentially hit one of these cables which can lead to electric service interruptions and deadly electrical shock. To be safe, we suggest you refrain from digging up to three feet away and deep from your transformer.

Allow Access to the Transformer

Avoid leaving anything in front of the transformer. In the event of an emergency, electricians might need to access your transformer quickly and efficiently. It’s best to play it safe and keep that area reserved for the electricians.

Report Any Problems

If you notice anything out of the ordinary (i.e., leaks, fire, struck by a car, or over heating) please do not hesitate to call the number found on your transformer. And in larger emergencies, 9-1-1.

We hope that these tips can help you to stay safe with your pad-mounted transformer!

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