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Trees and Power Lines: How to Prevent Dangerous Situations

Tree on Power Line

We've all seen it before - a big tree branch hanging precariously over a power line, just waiting to come crashing down. This is a dangerous situation that can lead to power outages, property damage, and even personal injury. As a homeowner, it's important to be proactive in managing the trees on your property to prevent these types of issues.

The main risk with trees and power lines is that tree branches can fall on the lines, causing them to break or become dislodged. This can lead to live wires on the ground, which is an extreme fire and electrocution hazard. Strong winds, heavy snow and ice, and even just the natural growth of the tree can cause branches to come in contact with power lines.

So what can you do to prevent these dangerous situations? Here are some key steps:

1. Regularly inspect your trees. Walk around your property and take a close look at any trees that are close to power lines. Look for dead, dying, or damaged branches that could potentially fall.

2. Trim back overhanging branches. If you notice any branches that are getting close to the power lines, it's a good idea to have them trimmed back. This creates a safe buffer zone between the tree and the lines.

3. Consider removing problem trees. In some cases, a tree may be too large or too close to the power lines to safely maintain. If trimming isn't enough, you may need to remove the tree altogether to eliminate the risk.

4. Hire a professional tree service. Attempting to trim branches near power lines yourself can be extremely dangerous. It's best to hire an experienced, licensed tree service company to handle this work safely.

5. Be proactive with your utility company. Reach out to your local power company and make them aware of any trees on your property that could pose a risk to their infrastructure. They may be able to help with trimming or removal.

Taking these steps can go a long way in preventing dangerous situations with trees and power lines. It's all about being proactive and working to mitigate potential risks before they become a major problem. Your safety, and the safety of your community, is worth the effort.


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