Padmount equipment refers to the green, metal utility boxes near many homes and businesses. This equipment, which provides power for you and your neighbors, sits on an easement that allows Edmond Electric to perform necessary maintenance work. Crews may also need access to a padmount to restore service due to a power outage.
Landscaping Around Padmount Equipment
Fences, shrubs and trees that are located too close to the equipment can slow restoration work during an outage, create a serious safety hazard and may need to be removed to gain access. By keeping this area free from debris, vegetation, fencing and building structures, you can help avoid outages, quickly return service in emergency situations and avoid unnecessary costs.
Fencing near a padmount is not a problem, as long as the minimum clearances are met. You must avoid blocking the front side of the equipment. If a fence is to run along that side, it must have a gate that swings away from the front of the padmount.
Customers must refrain from painting the equipment a different color. Ensuring that the equipment is the appropriate color reduces crew confusion and contributes to a safe working environment.
To work safely, Edmond Electric crews need at least 10 feet of clearance in front of the equipment (the side that is padlocked) and at least 3 feet on all remaining sides.