Tips for Trimming Trees and Working Near Power Lines ComEd understands the value of wooded communities and the pleasure trees bring to your local residents. We also understand how much you and your constituents depend on your electric service. That’s why we work very hard to keep your power lines clear and free from dangerous contact with trees and branches.
Source: www.sxc.hu To help minimize interruptions in your municipality, ComEd recommends that property owners inspect trees adjacent to power lines during the fall, when fewer leaves provide a better view of branch growth. Branch, trunk and root defects can be observed more easily, and dead or defective branches that could impact overhead power lines should be removed. Young trees also can be pruned to improve their form as they grow. ComEd continues to lead and follow industry best practices and governmental regulations when performing tree and vegetation maintenance around power lines. We will continue our longstanding practice of balancing the aesthetics trees provide with adequate electrical clearance that ensures reliable service. For these reasons, we provide the following tips on tree-planting and tree-trimming practices for municipalities and residential customers.
Planting Trees Near Power Lines ComEd recommends the Arbor Day Foundation’s “The Right Tree in the Right Place,” which recommends that any trees planted within 20 feet on either side of the pole-to-pole power lines have a mature height of less than 25 feet (e.g., dogwoods or crabapples). This will ensure that as the tree grows, it will not require major trimming in the future. Visit ComEd.com/Trees for more tree-planting suggestions and to view the “Right Tree in the Right Place” brochure.
Removing or Trimming Trees Working in trees near power lines is dangerous. When planning tree trimming or removal for trees within 10 feet of power lines, there are several options available. Low voltage lines can be taken down while working, lines can be de-energized, a line-clearance qualified tree trimmer (as defined by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration or OSHA) can be hired, or ComEd can perform the trimming near the high-voltage lines. Any of these services can be arranged by calling 1-800-Edison-1 (1-800-334-7661) so that a ComEd representative can arrange for the appropriate service. A vegetation management representative may contact the customer or a contractor to arrange an inspection of the affected tree or trees. The customer will receive a written estimate for the work to be performed. Fees for this service are based on the scope of work to be performed, using the rate structure of ComEd's tree trimming contractor. Once payment is remitted, a line clearance representative will contact the customer to schedule the work. These line clearance contractors perform the work as scheduled unless inclement weather or other conditions prohibit completion. Please note: You should never hire a private tree contractor that is not line-clearance qualified to work within 10 feet of energized conductors or attempt to do this work yourself. Only line-clearance arborists that meet OSHA qualifications can work within 10 feet of energized power lines. ComEd’s line-clearance arborists can provide this service.
Working Safely Outdoors Trees and overhead power lines aren’t the only situations that require planning and care. In fact, any work near power lines—above
ground and underground—should be approached with caution and with the help of ComEd. Here are some tips concerning power lines: ● ● ● ●
Use extension cords designed for outdoor use. Keep yourself and others away from fallen power lines; always assume a power line is energized and dangerous. Always keep people and equipment at least 10 feet away from power lines; never stand ladders near power lines. You are required by law to call 811 to locate utility lines before embarking on any project requiring you to dig more that 18 inches below the surface. Contact the proper authorities at least 48 hours before working: ❍ Outside the Chicago city limits: call JULIE, the Joint Utility Location for Excavators, at 800-892-0123 or visit www.illinois1call.com. ❍ Within the Chicago city limits: call DIGGER, the Chicago Utility Alert network, at 312-744-7000.
For more guidelines and information, visit ComEd.com > Customer Service > Safety.
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Tips for Trimming Trees and Working Near Power Lines
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