Let’s Keep Trees Away from Power Lines
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.
Where to Plant
You can help keep trees away from power lines by positioning your trees and shrubs far from overhead power lines. Also, keep safety considerations in mind when it comes to selecting species to plant.Show More Show Less
Taller trees should be planted far away from overhead power lines. Remember, trees grow outward as well as up. For trees that will grow taller than 25 feet in height, choose locations that offer plentiful space – at least 20 feet away from power poles or overhead lines when the tree is fully grown.
Shade Trees Help You Conserve
Keep your home cooler for years to come by planting shade trees in strategic positions. For greater savings, we recommend planting trees to shade as much of your home’s roof and walls as possible. Consider your home’s orientation, sun exposure, and window placement. For more tips, consult your local gardening store.
Enjoying Trees Safely
If your trees have grown into or near power lines, pruning requires the expertise of a qualified line-clearance arborist. To report trees growing into or near power lines, call us at 1-800-655-4555 or submit a Tree Trimming Request online.
Trees and shrubs can cause safety hazards and power outages if they fall on power lines. Trees that are dead, dying, or diseased pose a serious risk, and we are committed to removing those that threaten our electricity system. To arrange an inspection of trees on your property, call us at 1-800-640-3652.
Remind children to stay far away from trees that are growing into – or near – power lines. They could be energized and dangerous. More safety tips:
- Build tree houses, tree forts, and tree swings far away from power lines
- If a kite or balloon gets stuck in a tree near power lines, don’t attempt to retrieve it; instead, call us at 1-800-611-1911
- Never leave ladders against trees that are growing into or near power lines
To report trees growing into or near power lines, call us at 1-800-655-4555 or submit a Tree Trimming Request online.
We are fully committed to protecting public safety and maintaining reliability, as well as complying with all regulations related to removal of dead, dying, and diseased trees.
- California Public Resources Code, Section 4291
- California Public Resources Code, Section 4293
- CPUC General Order 95
- NERC Transmission Vegetation Management Program (PDF)
We use door hangers, direct mail, and other communications to let property owners know about our nearby tree-removal activities.
We are working with federal, state, and local agencies to remove dead, dying and diseased trees that were weakened by an insect called the bark beetle -- and by years of drought.
This situation poses a potential hazard to people and property in affected communities, as well as to our electricity facilities.
The California Public Utilities Commission directed us and other affected utilities, in 2003, to take all reasonable and necessary actions to remove dead or dying trees threatening power lines in San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego and L.A. County. In L.A. County, the emergency situation was later found to no longer exist and a proclamation was issued in 2011 rescinding the emergency there.