Safety and Planting Near Power Lines

How to trim trees safely

Safely trimming trees

Don't cut trees near powerlines

Don’t try to prune or remove trees near power lines. Contact with a power line can cause serious injury or death. Electricity can “flash over” if someone gets too close.

Tree growing near powerlines

Our qualified line clearance tree trimmers have specialized training to work around our power lines. If you want to remove a tree growing within 10 feet of a power line, call us first. One of our tree trimmers will prune to tree to a safe working distance.

Phone Rep

We don’t prune or remove trees around the service wire between your house and the utility pole. But we’ll be happy to de-energize the wire and lower it to the ground for you at no cost. Please call 1-800-342-5775 at least 5 business days before your work. Additional time may be needed to schedule a crew.

Planting near power lines

Planting tree

Pay close attention to what type of tree you plant and where. When choosing a spot to plant your tree, make sure it will have plenty of room to grow to full size without getting too close to power lines.

Planting around transformers

Please don’t plant right next to neighborhood transformers and keep the area clear. This is for your safety and also so crews can quickly find and access the transformer if needed.

Call 811

Before you plant a tree, be sure to contact Pennsylvania One Call. State law requires you to call Pennsylvania One Call at 1-800-242-1776 or 811 at least three business days before you dig so that utilities can mark the location of underground cables and pipelines.

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