Please Don’t Block Transformers and Meters

If you see a yellow sticker like the one shown above on electrical equipment, please make sure that the equipment is not blocked by vegetation. The six foot clearance requirement around HU equipment applies to landscaping, fencing, shrubbery and other obstructions.

If you see a yellow sticker like the one shown above on electrical equipment, please make sure that the equipment is not blocked by vegetation. The six foot clearance requirement around HU equipment applies to landscaping, fencing, shrubbery and other obstructions.

During the summer months, vegetation around transformers and meters can quickly become overgrown. When this happens, HU crews might have difficulty reading meters – or worse, be unable to safely get to a transformer during a power failure.

HU crews must have access to transformers and meters, Customer Service Manager Terri Harris says. “If your meter box is surrounded by holly bushes, now would be the time to trim them back,” she reminds. “While we try to avoid it, we can charge a restricted access fee,” Harris says.

It can be a safety issue as well, Harris explains. Crews need a minimum area of six feet to work on most electric equipment, and workers cannot work through bushes. However, she says, HU crews will only remove plants in an emergency situation.

Customers with shrubs or other vegetation blocking access are notified by letter from Electric Department Superintendent Jonathan Hampton, asking them to remove the vegetation or obstruction.