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Use caution around pad-mounted transformers

Use caution around pad-mounted transformers

August 31, 2022 – The big green boxes that reside in residential neighborhoods are called pad-mounted transformers and caution must be practiced around them. 

What is a pad-mounted transformer?
Pad-mounted transformers work in the same capacity as the transformers (gray cans) on the top of electric poles do. In essence, they convert higher-voltage electricity to a lower voltage so that it is safe and useful for your home. The only difference is that pad-mounted transformers work with underground power lines while transformers on the pole work directly with the overhead electric lines.

How can I stay safe around pad-mounted transformers?
Pad-mounted transformers are locked and marked as dangerous. These big green boxes should never be used as benches. Kids should not play on or near them. Landscaping should not be planted around these boxes since power linemen may need to access them safely and easily, and any roots could interfere with underground wires. Never dig anywhere near a pad-mounted transformer. It is just as important for people to be safe around underground power lines and pad-mounted transformers as it is to be safe around overhead power lines.

For more ways to stay safe around electricity, visit lcec.net.

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