Stay Alert. Stay Safe

At Home

Safety is important, and reviewing electrical safety tips with friends, neighbors, and loved ones can help them stay safe. You can help friends, neighbors and loved ones stay safe by reviewing electrical safety tips with them.

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Metallic balloons that come in contact with power lines can cause power outages. Keep them far away and never release them outdoors. If you see a metallic balloon near a power line or stuck in a tree; please report it to SCE by calling: 1-800-611-1911.

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Outside

Stormy weather can cause power lines to fall. This can create hazards – electrifying puddles, wet grass, and the surrounding area. Don’t touch anyone or anything in contact with a downed power line. Always assume downed power lines are energized and dangerous. Stay away and call 911.

Always be aware when you’re around overhead power lines. Stay at least 10 feet away from both overhead power lines and electrical facilities, and never approach or touch overhead power lines or any person or object in contact with the lines.

If you think your tree is a safety hazard to SCE infrastructure; specifically power lines, please call SCE at 1-800-655-4555 to schedule a tree inspection.

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On the Job

If you make a living working near electrical infrastructure, here are helpful safety tips and free safety materials for you.

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Before You Dig, Call 811

Whether you’re a professional or decide to do it yourself, if you’re planting new trees and shrubs or installing a new fence, give us a call before you dig. When you do, your underground utility lines will be marked for everyone’s safety. This service is free and it’s actually required by law.

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Trees, shrubs, and other vegetation can cause safety hazards and power outages if they grow into or near power lines. In support of safety, we regularly trim or remove trees that are dead, dying, or diseased, or growing near or under power lines.

What is Vegetation Management

Vegetation management is a broad term that describes work we do to minimize the impact trees and vegetation have on providing safe and reliable electric service. It includes hazard tree assessments, tree pruning and removal, brush removal and weed abatement.

It is a matter of public safety and for the reliability of the power grid. California regulations require utilities to trim trees or vegetation so they don’t grow into or fall into high-voltage power lines, which could not only cause a power outage, but could spark a fire or be a danger to the public.

Contact Us About Trees and Vegetation near power lines

If you have any questions about vegetation located near SCE power lines, contact SCE Customer Support:
800-655-4555

  • Report an object caught in power lines: 1-800-611-1911
  • Report an outage: 1-800-611-1911
  • Before you dig: Call 811
  • Electrical Emergency: Call 911

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SCE Trims Trees to Keep You Safe. SCE trims trees near power lines as a free service to customers to keep the public safe. Trees will be trimmed to create a minimum 12-foot clearance from a power line at the time of trim. Did you know? SCE inspects 900,000 trees every year, 400,000 in high fire risk areas. How will I know if my tree is being trimmed? A door hanger will be posted 30-45 days prior to trimming. A second door hanger will be posted 24-48 hours before trimming. Customers will be contacted in person if heavy pruning or tree removal is required. Who can I call? The door hanger will list a contact number to call to discuss the tree trimming plan for your property. For more information, visit SCE.com/safety/power-lines or call 800-655-4555.

Brush removal near SCE poles is required and helps keep communities safe.

Frequently Asked Questions

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