If your new home has an industrial transformer located on your easement, you need to take care to prevent accidents and injuries. Transformers provide power to entire neighborhoods, which means that if something goes wrong, you and your neighbors are going to be without power. One way to prevent accidents, and to keep power flowing, is to implement a safety plan regarding the transformer. Having a safety plan in place will ensure that everyone in your family knows exactly how to avoid accidents and what to do in the event of an emergency. Here are four steps you should take to keep your family safe.
Create a Safety Zone
When it comes to protecting your family, one of the first things you should do is create a safety zone. Clear a space of about 10 feet around the entire transformer so that workers have access to the area in an emergency. The safety zone will also provide a clear barrier to keep people out of harms way. Keep shrubbery, weeds, and other debris away from the transformer at all times.
Keep Kids Away
If your kids are going to be playing outside, make sure they know to stay away from the transformer. For best protection, install a fence around your yard that will reduce the access your kids have to the transformer. It's also important that you educate your kids about electrical hazards so that they understand the risk they face if they play too close to the transformer.
Avoid Kites and Mylar Balloons
If you have a pole-mounted transformer on your easement – one that's mounted to a phone pole – avoid having kites and Mylar balloons in your yard. Kites can get tangled around the transformer and lead to life-threatening injuries, especially if your kids are holding onto the string when the kites get stuck. Mylar balloons can get caught in the wires and cause mass power-outages. If your kids want to fly kites, take them to a nearby park.
Post Emergency Contact Information
If you have a transformer in your yard, you need to be prepared for an emergency. To protect yourself, and nearby neighbors, post emergency contact information for the utility company in a prominent location inside your home. Posting the contact information will allow you to contact the proper authorities in an emergency. It's important to note that if you experience an electrical fire at the transformer, you should call 911 immediately.Share
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