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Trees near power lines

If you see a tree touching a power line, or any other potentially hazardous situation involving vegetation, please contact us immediately on 0800 66 11 77.

DO NOT try to remove an item caught in power lines or a tree near power lines.

Tree trimming

Be safe - tree trimming can be extremely hazardous and should not be underestimated. We recommend you hire professionals with the necessary expertise and safety procedures to competently carry out tree trimming. Our subsidiary company NETcon has an experienced vegetation team who can help.

Trim early – keep branches at least 2.5 metres away from low voltage lines or at least 4 metres from high voltage lines.

Wind and snow storms

Wind and snow storms are often the cause of trees and branches coming into contact with overhead lines and poles.

If you have a tree that could impact on power lines, please remember that a power outage caused by your tree may not just affect you – it may have an impact on many people.

Fewer tree related incidents will also reduce risks faced by lines workers, and the public.

Also, trees can become electrically live if touching a power line. If trees are too close to a line, children may climb up and touch that line. Lines touching trees and vegetation can start fires.

Cut down – consider removing tall trees that could fall through power lines.