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Don’t Prune Near A Power Line

Never prune anywhere near a power line! Illustration: Hydro Ontario

Never prune or cut dow a tree within 10 feet (3 m) of a high or medium voltage power line. There is too much danger that you, the branch or tree you cut, or the tool you’re holding might accidentally touch the wire … and there could be an electrical arc even if there is no direct contact.

If there is any pruning to do within 10 feet (3 m) of a power line, contact your utility company for more information. They’ll be able to send or recommend a certified arborist.

Yes, you’ll have to pay for the service … but better that than risk losing your life!


2 comments on “Don’t Prune Near A Power Line

  1. Sometimes the service is free. This spring, FortisBC turned ours off and temporarily took down the line for free so we could take down a tree. All it took was a phone call. It always pays to ask.

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