Trees Near Powerlines: Staying Safe

Trees are a great addition to any home. They boost your curb appeal, which can add value to your home, especially if you intend to sell in the future. As trees grow, be aware of how far their roots spread and how far-reaching their branches become. If you have powerlines near your home that may come in close contact with your tree, it is essential to trust a professional to provide the trimming you need to stay safe.

Understanding Risks 

Trees can conduct electricity, and they are highly susceptible to fire. That is why it is crucial to keep your trees away from powerlines. Risks include:

  • Fire hazard- damage to a powerline can cause shorts which could ignite a tree. Severe weather is often the culprit, but damage to the powerline can happen from consistent wear and tear due to a tree branch rubbing against it.
  • Electrical shock- while wood isn’t highly conductive, the water inside it could be. If a tree happens to have a high moisture content and touches a powerline, there is a risk of a current running through it. If someone were to touch this tree, they could be shocked.
  • Power outage- damage to a powerline caused by your tree can also cause a short circuit, leading to a power outage. Depending on the time of year, this can be inconvenient and dangerous to your safety.

Let the Pros Handle It

Keeping trees trimmed around the property, especially powerlines, is the task of most homeowners. The professionals at Quality Tree Service have the proper tools, techniques, and experience to ensure the job is done safely and ensure your tree and its branches are the appropriate distance away from dangerous powerlines. Contact us today to learn more.

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