Dangerous weather conditions, including Santa Ana wind events and stormy weather, can cause power lines to fall. Downed power lines near water can electrify puddles, wet grass and the surrounding area. Don’t approach or touch anyone or anything in contact with a downed power line. Never attempt to extinguish a fire near a downed power line — stay 100 ft. away and call 911 immediately.
SCE works to keep trees and other vegetation away from power lines and other electrical equipment to help keep you and your community safe. Never attempt to trim or remove trees or hire anyone to trim or remove trees near power lines. Before trimming trees around power lines, call SCE at 1-800-611-1911 to learn the safest way to proceed. Learn more.
Safety on the job is critical and can be lifesaving, especially for those who work near electrical equipment. Call SCE at 1-800-611-1911 to verify voltages and determine required safety clearances. Always stay at least 10 feet away from both overhead power lines and electrical facilities while working. Greater voltages require greater clearance distance.
If you are planting new vegetation such as trees or shrubs, or installing a new fence, always call 811 before digging. This free service is required by law and will make sure underground utility lines will be marked for everyone’s safety.
Big or small, metallic balloons should always be tied to a weight and never released outside. Metallic balloons can cause outages if they come into contact with overhead power lines. Do not attempt to retrieve any object tangled in overhead power lines — stay away and call SCE immediately: 1-800-611-1911. Learn more.
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Before trimming trees around power lines, call SCE: 1-800-611-1911
For an electrical emergency, such as downed power lines: Call 911
To report an outage, or a public safety hazard including an object caught in power lines: Call 1-800-611-1911