Tree Trimming & Compatible
Why Tree Trimming is
We understand how
important trees can be to homeowners and to communities. After all,
we’re proud of our city as well.
While we care for our
green communities, the electric companies have an obligation to provide
safe, reliable electrical service. Their ability to do that is affected
by the growth of trees that could pose a danger to the power lines and
the people they serve. That’s why it is necessary for us to trim trees
that are too close to power lines.
For Your Safety… It
tree or a large branch falls onto a power line, as sometimes happens
during storms, it can bring down the power line. If anyone touches a
downed power line that is still energized, the result can be serious
injury, even death.
In addition, because trees
are full of sap, they are good conductors of electricity. Children can
be electrocuted if they touch a tree limb that is too close to a power
When a tree branch
contacts a power line, it can cause a fire.
It Prevents Power Outages:
Fallen trees can interrupt
power to many customers. In some cases a tree can tear down the entire
line and break the poles that hold the line in place. As well, a tree or
even a branch that is merely in contact with the power line can cause a
Tree Trimming Techniques
Our Tree Trimmers are
Each tree trimmer working
for Payne County Tree Service is an experienced, trained professional.
Tree trimming is carried out in the immediate vicinity of energized high
voltage power lines and only by qualified personnel.
Never attempt to Prune
Trimming trees around
power lines should only be attempted by trained professionals. Serious
injuries and even fatalities have occurred when untrained individuals
attempt to do this work themselves.
How Much Will be cut from
When pruning operations
are performed, our trimming experts make every attempt to trim
sufficient clearance so that the tree will remain safe until we return
on our next routine maintenance cycle. Our trimmers are trained in
proper pruning techniques and do their best to redirect growth away from
the power lines while attempting to protect the health of the tree.
Trees with trunks in close
proximity to power lines require much heavier pruning than trees which
are located a greater distance from the line. Sometimes large growing
trees close to power lines have to be pruned so severely that it becomes
necessary to take the tree down.
Kids and Electrical Safety
safety is a high priority. Nowhere is this more important than when it
comes to kids. Children do not always know, or remember, what can be
dangerous, so it is up to the rest of us to watch out for their safety.
The number one safety rule
for anyone to remember is “Don’t come into contact with a power line or
let anything come into contact with it such as a tree limb, kite string
or model airplane.” Contact with a power line can be deadly!
Don’t build a tree house
in trees near power lines, and be careful not to allow kids to climb
trees growing near power lines. Teach them to tell an adult if their
kite becomes tangled in a power line or if they discover damaged or
downed lines in the area. Never attempt to touch an object tangled in a
power line. Always call the power company for assistance.
How can you help
our crews must make the difficult choice to severely prune or even
remove a tree. All too often, the tree may have needed less pruning or
would not have had to be removed if it had only been planted a meter
With proper planning, you
can have a variety of beautiful trees without having to worry about them
conflicting with power lines in the future. When planting trees remember
1. Visualize the tree at
its full size height and width when preparing to plant.
2. Avoid planting trees
near a power line.
3. Plant large growing
trees in an area where they will maintain a safe distance from the
power line when fully grown and be sure to allow for wind sway.
Avoid planting trees near
underground power lines. If there are underground power lines on your
property, be sure to call the power company before digging.