Trees and Power Lines

Play it safe!

Climbing trees is fun, especially when the sun is out and you want to play with friends! It's a great way to burn off some energy too but just remember to be careful around power lines.

Many accidents occur when children play in trees that are next to power lines;

  • Always check for power lines that are close to trees before you climb.

  • Never touch a power line with your hand or with any other object, whether you are in a tree or on the ground.

  • Don't build a tree house, fort, or anything else in a tree that is next to power lines.

  • Don't fly your kite near power lines - it could get tangled. Wide, open spaces like the park or the beach are a perfect place to fly kites.

  • Tell an adult if you see trees growing close to power lines or touching the lines.

  • If you see a power line that has fallen into a tree or onto the ground, stay away and tell an adult immediately. Even if they are not sparking or humming, fallen lines can kill you if you touch them or the ground nearby.

Leave it to the professionals! 

Only arborists (tree-trimmers) approved by your electricity supplier can trim trees close to power lines. They are trained and have specialist equipment for working near lines.

Before tree planting

Before planting a tree, call your local electricity supplier to make sure you won't dig into underground power cables. Make sure when you plant trees, they won't grow too tall or wide and interfere with nearby power lines.

Trees in contact with electricity lines

If a tree branch falls on a power line, it can cause a power failure. Electricity will go off in any homes served by the power line until your electricity supplier can remove the branch and fix the line.

If a tree branch touches a high-voltage power line, electricity from the line can make the branch so hot it catches fire. From there, the fire can spread to nearby trees, plants or buildings.

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