Why We Trim Trees
A tree planted in the right location can make your home and community a lovely place to live. In the summer, trees shade your house from the summer sun, reducing temperatures indoors. In the winter, trees block your home from the cold winter winds. These same trees can cause real trouble when it comes to providing you reliable electric service.
Trees planted under or near power lines are a potentially dangerous hazard. Serious or fatal shocks can occur when working near or playing in trees near power lines. Trees that branch into our electrical lines can cause momentary short circuits (flickering lights) or major outages when combined with thunderstorms, high winds or sleet and snow.
Planning and Planting For The Future
You can assist us in this effort by planting trees in the right location. By following a few basic guidelines you can add value to your home without causing unnecessary power outages.
A few tips to consider prior to planting trees:
- Before you dig, call toll-free 800.382.5544 to locate any underground power lines
- Deciduous (leaf dropping) trees should be planted on the south and west sides of your home to cool in summer and allow sun to enter the house in the winter
- Evergreen trees should be planted on the north of your home to serve as a windbreak against cold northern winds
- Trees planted within 15 feet of electric lines should be no more than 20 feet tall when fully grown
- Trees planted within 15 to 30 feet of electrical lines should be no more than 30 feet tall when fully grown.
If you have questions about NineStar Connect’s tree-trimming practices or if you want more information about planting trees near power lines, call us at (317) 477-2258.