Right of Way
- Power lines broken by falling branches could remain electrified. Touching a hanging wire or the ground around the wire could cause serious injury or even death.
- Climbing in a tree near a power line causes a branch to touch the electrical wires. Electricity could flow through the branch into your body and cause severe injury or death.
- Never attempt to prune a limb yourself that is near a power line. Only qualified line clearance professionals are allowed to work within 15 feet of high-voltage lines.
- Taller-growing trees near power lines increase the time needed to correct an outage, forcing maintenance crews to hunt among the branches locate service problems. Severe trimming may be necessary to correct the problem, resulting in more costs and damage to trees.