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How trimming trees near power lines can kill

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Safety

There’s really no other way to say it: Trimming branches or limbs near power lines can kill.

How Accidents Happen 
If you look the other way, become distracted by considering which limb to trim next or lose your footing, you could accidentally make contact with a power line. You might think you have a steady hand but moving a few inches off course could be the last thing you ever do.

It doesn’t take contact with a wire to cause a fatal shock—electricity jumps to find the quickest path to the ground. Keeping yourself and your tools or equipment more than 10 feet away from power lines is the only sure way to avoid becoming the easiest way for electricity to ground.

It’s Illegal
Did you know trimming within 10 feet (in any direction) of a power line is illegal? Only OSHA-certified line clearance workers are authorized to trim near power lines. So when hiring a tree trimmer to trim near power lines in your yard or on your property, make sure the person you hire is certified to do so. And you also need to heed the warning and stay away from power lines as you trim branches on your own.

For Assistance 
Our electric cooperative—along with municipal utilities and investor-owned utilities—has a tree vegetation management plan. Call us to report trees near power lines that may need to be cut or trimmed.

If you have any questions about safely trimming trees, call our office.

Source: Safe Electricity

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