The Danger of Trees Touching Power Lines

Neglecting regular tree trimming as part of your tree care can result in trees touching power lines. Not only is this unsightly, but it can also be dangerous.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, trees that contact electric lines can result in power outages, electrical shocks, and even fire. In 2009, more than 10,000 incidents of tree or tree limbs falling onto power lines caused more than $100 million in damages.

As a responsible property owner, you must ensure that you adequately maintain your trees. If you notice that your trees need trimming, it’s time to call a professional Salisbury tree service company.

Frady Tree Care is here to help!

Dangers of Trees Near Power Lines

Trees touching powerlines carry several risks, including the following.

Electric Shock

The branches or leaves from overgrown trees can cause electric shocks when they fall on the power lines. If wet, the moisture can make them more conducive and increase the risk of an electric shock. 

The water acts as a conductor of electricity, causing it to travel from the power line into the tree and electrifying it. A person standing underneath or touching any part of the tree can get seriously injured when shocked. A severe electrical shock can cause thermal burns, nerve degeneration, and cardiac arrest.     

Power Outage

Any obstruction on a power line can cause a power outage. The object disrupts the current flow and causes a short circuit.

At best, a power outage is inconvenient. At worst, however, it can be dangerous, especially during extreme weather. 

For example, a power outage during a snowstorm means your lights and heating system will not work. You won’t be able to do anything to fix the issue until the storm passes, and you’ll be waiting while extremely cold. 

Fire Hazard

One of the most dangerous consequences of trees touching power lines is a fire risk. If a tree branch falls on a power line and causes a short circuit, it can start a fire. This fire could quickly spread to your house or surrounding buildings.

It can be challenging to control these fires because the overgrown organic material is combustible and serves as additional fuel. Additionally, the high-voltage electricity from the electric lines can intensify the fire and make it even more difficult to extinguish. 

How Much Space Should I Put Between My Trees and Power Lines?

The required distance between your trees and power lines depends on the tree’s height. For example, the minimum distance for trees that are 35 feet and shorter is 25 feet. For trees taller than 35 feet, the minimum length is 50 feet.

You should also account for additional tree growth if your trees are not fully matured. 

Why Do I Need Professional Tree Trimming Services?

If your trees are growing near power lines, it is best to contact line-clearing professionals to handle any required tree trimming. They have the experience and tools to safely remove overgrown branches or leaves without harming your trees or coming in contact with power lines.

Trimming mature trees requires specialized equipment like a bucket truck and pruning saws. The average homeowner does not have access to these tools.  

Get Professional Tree Trimming Services Today

Tree trimming is necessary to ensure your trees grow healthy and prevent accidents. Having trees in your outdoor space is beneficial as long as you know how to plant them properly. Read whether it’s safe to build near trees to learn more.

If you have trees touching power lines, you should not take any chances. Call Frady Tree Care at 704-644-2516 for fast, reliable, and affordable tree care services. We service Charlotte, NC, and the surrounding areas. 


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