Dangerous trees and electricity lines Trees near electrical wires are quite dangerous! When a tree grows too close to a power line, it can cause shocks, outages, and fires: Never climb a tree near a power line or touch the power line itself. Electricity will pass through you, and you may be hurt or killed as a result. The best thing to do if you encounter a high-voltage line is to call someone who knows about these kinds of lines to help you avoid contact with them.
There are several types of trees that are known to grow in areas where they could come into contact with electrical lines or equipment. It is important to know how to identify these trees so that we can take the proper precautions before attempting to climb them.
Trees that grow within 20 feet of an electric utility right-of-way line are protected by law. If you come into contact with such a tree, do not attempt to remove it because this could lead to electrocution. Contact your utility company immediately to have the line moved or trimmed away from the tree.
Trees that grow within 20 feet of a power line are protected by law.
Trees that stand more than 20 feet from a power line are not protected by law.
Trees that grow too near to power wires pose a risk. When branches come into contact with overhead electrical wires, they can cause power outages or brief power outages. Arcing and sparking from a wire to a neighboring branch might start a fire.
During a storm, trees may fall on power lines or hit vehicles killing their drivers. These incidents can cause widespread outages.
Trees also may invade electric company rights-of-way (roads, sidewalks, etc.) where they block access to utilities. This can result in extra costs to remove the trees or replace the infrastructure they're blocking. In some cases, companies will hire arborists to cut down dangerous trees or thin out large groups of trees.
Power lines are supplied with electricity to send pulses down them to other poles or houses. The lines are made of metal because more electricity flows through them than other materials would allow. If a branch gets close to a power line it may touch it without knowing it. This could happen if the tree is growing in an area where people walk their dogs or ride bicycles. The branch may not feel like it's touching anything when it reaches out toward Earth. But electricity travels along these branches and cables at high speeds, which could hurt someone. Or it may spark when it hits something else causing a fire.
"Trees carry electricity and can pose a safety risk if their limbs grow too close to power lines." Make certain that no one climbs a tree close to electricity wires. If the tree's branches came into contact with the wires, the tree may get activated. When a child's weight is added, even branches that are not in contact with electricity lines might get electrified. The best way to avoid injury or death from falling limbs is to keep children away from all trees, especially large ones.
That being said, many species of trees are known to attract attention with their colorful foliage or beautiful flowers. They have been doing so for thousands of years without incident. It is only when they come into contact with power lines that problems arise.
If you own a tree business or plan on cutting down any trees for wood or otherwise, please use caution not to injure any nearby power lines. In fact, the entire area should be checked before any work begins in case anything has become energized due to friction between old wiring and new growth.
The main thing is to be aware of what kind of tree you are working with and take the necessary precautions if there are any power lines near by.
This may be extremely hazardous since it can electrocute anyone who comes into contact with it or cause the tree to catch fire. Because branches may conduct electricity, it is never a good idea to try to chop down branches that are near a power line. You will be putting yourself at danger of receiving an electric shock. Instead, have a professional arborist remove the tree.
If you must cut down a tree that is hanging over a power line, first make sure that no one is going to be injured if the tree falls. If so, call your local utility company and have them come out and cut the line off immediately. Then call an arborist to take care of the tree.
Does the tree have any signs of electrical damage? If so, call your utility company right away before trying to chop it down.
Are there any other trees on the property that could fall onto the power line? If so, move them or protect them with fencing. It is not recommended to cut down large trees when there is any chance that they might fall on a power line because this could result in power outages for many people. Instead, have an expert arborist check out the tree for health and tell you what needs to be done to prevent its from happening again.
Power lines should not be used as support for climbing plants because if a branch breaks off and hits the wire it can cause serious injury or death.