Planting Near IID’s Equipment: Be Sure to Landscape Safely
Landscaping in both residential and commercial settings provides an attractive way to dress up any property. However, landscaping can be dangerous if items are planted too close to IID’s electrical equipment.
Ever wonder what’s in the green boxes around your neighborhood or even on your property? Those green boxes house high-voltage electrical equipment that delivers energy to your neighborhood.
In the event of an outage, or equipment failure, it is vital that utility personnel have immediate and safe access to its equipment to make the needed repairs.
For your safety, and that of the electrical workers, it is important to adhere to standards that limit landscaping around electrical facilities.
The utility is reminding homeowners with green electrical boxes on their property to resist the temptation to disguise these boxes with excessive shrubbery or decorative rock or brick formations.
These boxes must remain well ventilated, and customers are reminded not to build structures around the equipment or to attempt to enclose it in any way. Shrubbery should be planted no closer than three feet from the sides and rear of these boxes and no closer than 10 feet in front to allow crews access to the equipment inside.
For more information, please review the following documents.
- Landscape Safely Brochure [PDF]
- Landscape Safely Fact Sheet - Existing [PDF]
- Landscape Safely Fact Sheet - New Planting [PDF]
- Landscape Safely - Desert Trees [PDF]
- Underground Clearance [PDF]
For additional information regarding landscape safety, call IID's customer Service Center at 1-800-303-7756 or visit the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission website.