Safety Precautions to Take When a Transformer Fails

Weather and wildlife can wreak havoc on important electrical systems and are often the culprits of failed transformers. When a transformer fails, it can create a variety of hazards and potentially dangerous situations if handled improperly. In order to stay safe and prevent further damage, it is important to know what to do in the event of a transformer fail. Check out these safety precautions to take when a transformer fails near you.

1. Do Not Approach

Failed transformers can be extremely dangerous and should only be handled by an experienced technician. A blown transformer can often result in fires or downed power lines containing large voltages which can easily cause electrocution.

2. Stay Inside in the Event of a Power Outage

Failed transformers often lead to power outages. In order to prevent children and pets from coming into contact with downed power lines and to keep your family safe, it is best to stay inside until power is restored. Keep flashlights and extra batteries on hand, as well as water and non-perishable foods to stay safe during outages.

3. Unplug Appliances

While the blown transformer is being fixed, power surges can occur and can easily damage your appliances or even cause a fire. To keep your family and assets protected, it is best to unplug all electronics and appliances until after the power has been restored.

4. Alert Your Electrical Provider

When a transformer near you blows, call your utility company immediately. It's likely that they are already aware of the failed transformer, but call them anyway and provide as much detail as possible. Technicians may take a few hours to a few days to fix the transformer depending on the weather and cause of failure.

How Critter Guard Can Help

While it might not be 100% possible to storm proof transformers and other electrical systems, you can minimize power outages caused by wildlife by guarding overhead lines and utility poles. At Critter Guard, our Line Guard and Pole Guard products are designed to prevent critters such as squirrels and other rodents from accessing utility poles and interfering with overhead lines and transformers. To learn more about our humane wildlife control products and how they can prevent transformer fails, contact us today!