Planting Around Pad-Mounted Transformers

Transformers supply electrical energy to your home or business. Their function is to change high-voltage electricity to the lower voltage needed for the lights and appliances you use. In the past, transformers were mounted exclusively on power poles, well out of reach. Now power circuits are frequently placed underground, with transformers at ground level.

When there is a power outage or emergency, or maintenance is required, power line technicians need to be able to gain access to the transformer quickly and easily. In order to work safely, power line technicians need a minimum of 10 feet clearance in front of the transformer doors and 2 feet on sides and back. That is why it is important that you don't put up a fence, wall, structure or plantings that will restrict safe access to the unit.

Sketch of work area with measurements to show safe zone