Landscaping and electrical safety

Trees and shrubs have many more benefits than simply aesthetic yard appeal. They also offer shade to cool your home in the summer months and they provide a wind block to help protect your home from freezing winds in the winter months.

But trees can also be dangerous when they are near power lines or when their size and placement is not carefully considered before planting. Tree branches coming in contact with power lines can cause electrical fires, service interruptions and power outages.

Before landscaping your yard, take these tips in to consideration.

1.  Think about what the height of the tree will be when it is mature. A tree that can grow to 25 feet or taller should not be planted near a power line. Trees that large should be planted at least 25 feet away, and closer to 50 feet away is ideal.

2.  Consider what is beneath the surface before planting your tree. Tree rootscan grow to interfere with underground pipes, cables and wires.

3.  Before digging, locate any underground utilities like pipes, cables and wires by contacting your local underground utility locator service. Coming intocontact with these underground utilities could cause you and the utility harm.

4.  Keep the area around electrical poles, meters, transformers and other electrical equipment clear of plants and shrubs to give a open access to service or maintenance personnel.

Thank you to flikr user joiseyshowaa for the great picture of her tree at dusk.