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Safety Reminder From Guelph Hydro

Web posted on June 12, 2017

(GUELPH, ON) June 9, 2017 Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. understands that homeowners may not consider green electric transformer boxes on their lawns to be beautiful lawn ornaments. With landscaping season upon us, some may be considering how best to screen them from view.

If you have a "pad-mounted transformer" on your property and are considering doing any landscaping, for safety reasons and to ensure the reliability of the electricity supply, Guelph Hydro would like you to keep the following important points in mind:

  1. Before doing any digging or planting, by law you must contact Ontario One Call to find out the location of any underground cables. Damage to underground cables could result in serious injuries or death, disruptions of critical services, or expensive penalties or repair costs. To arrange for a free locate, contact Ontario One Call 24/7 online at or via their call centre at 1-800-400-2255.

  2. Allow at least three metres of clearance in front of pad-mounted transformers and at least 1.5 metres on the sides so that Guelph Hydro crews and easily access and service the units. Plants, shrubs or trees that impede access will be removed.

To view photographs of acceptable and unacceptable landscaping around transformer boxes, please visit Guelph Hydro's website at:

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