Trimming trees around powerlines

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Trimming trees around powerlines

Minimise power outages and distributor defects related to trees growing near powerlines.

Spring is the perfect time of year to trim back overhanging branches around cables and powerlines. Trees growing too close to powerlines are dangerous, with the potential of causing fires or bringing down powerlines and causing electric shock. It’s essential to trim any trees on your property to ensure they are not within the minimum legal distance of powerlines; which is generally 0.5 metres, or 1 metre if you live in a bushfire-prone area where the 10/50 rule applies. Bear in mind that’s the minimum distance so you may want to trim back, even more, to allow for regrowth during the warmer months ahead.

We recommend hiring a Level 2 Electrician to trim your trees if there is any chance of the branches falling onto powerlines. It’s a little-known fact that hiring a Level 2 Electrician is the best port of call in these instances, as they are able to temporarily disconnect the power before starting any such work. Tree-loppers, who are often called out to trim branches around powerlines, should legally contact a Level 2 Electrician in these instances, which often leaves you doubling up on the costs.

Do you need a level 2 electrician on the North Shore? At Hornsby Electric, our team of electricians are Level 2 Accredited Service Providers on both the Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy networks. We have a cherry picker readily available to access and safely trim any trees on your property. So get in touch today on 02 9477 2550, and keep your property free of the unnecessary danger of trees near powerlines.