Familiarize yourself and family members with any electrical boxes on your property. Access Energy Cooperative and Safe Electricity advise parents, “Look at the electrical boxes in your back yard and check to make sure that they’re secure and locked.”
Padmount transformers often require larger enclosures. The transformer reduces the voltage of incoming electricity to a lower voltage for household use. While some homeowners consider padmount transformers an eye-sore, it is important to not obstruct access to them.
Do not bury, install fences around, or plant immediately around electrical boxes in an effort to disguise them. These barriers may make the cabinet difficult to find and block access, should routine maintenance need done or an emergency occur. While specific regulations vary by location, it is a good idea to maintain a minimum clearance of at least 10 feet to the front of the transformer and 2 to 5 feet to the rear and each side. Check local municipal or county codes as well as utility codes regarding how to landscape around this equipment.