In neighborhoods with underground electric service, pad-mounted transformers at ground level are used to step down high-voltage electricity for home consumption. These important pieces of equipment are most often safely housed in green metal boxes, but precautions still need to be taken.
Here are some quick tips for the safety of members and OMEC staff:
- Do not let children play on or around pad-mounted transformers. Do NOT stick anything through cracks into the transformer box.
- Show kids the warning sticker on the box and teach them what it means. This way they will understand the importance and meaning of the sticker when they see it again.
- Never paint or decorate transformers. The metal covers are assigned a specific color (usually green) so that they may be easily identified by utility workers. Also, tampering with the box by painting it could impair the lock, the equipment itself, or cover the warning signs.
- For safety the pad-mounted transformers should always be locked and the warning signs visible. If you see a transformer that is unlocked or in need of repair or attention please call OMEC immediately at 315-893-1851.
- Underground power lines can extend in any direction underneath a pad-mounted transformer. Never dig without calling 811 first.
- OMEC lineworkers need at least ten feet of clearance on the opening side to safely access the transformer, in addition to five feet of clearance on all other sides. Please be cognizant of planting flowers, trees, and bushes.