Trimming branches around powerlines

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Trimming branches around powerlines

Tree branches near powerlines

Do you have trees near your power lines that need trimming? Removing branches and vegetation near powerlines can be dangerous and should not be attempted yourself.  As a homeowner, you are actually obligated to maintain a clear distance of 500mm around powerlines running from the street to your home and this must be carried out by a qualified person.

Considering the most common cause of local power failure is damage due to fallen trees and tree branches, now is a great time to check your wires and get it done. At Hornsby Electric we have a cherry picker and are licensed to safely trim branches around the Ausgrid and Endeavour Energy’s powerlines running to your home or business.

Trees growing too close to powerlines are dangerous, with the potential of causing fires or damage causing them to fall down completely and increasing the likelihood of electric shock or electrocution. 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 can be 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 especially if the tree is fast growing, to allow for regrowth during the warmer months.

If you have overhanging branches affecting the powerlines supplying electricity to your home or business, you’ll need an accredited level 2 electrician to trim them back. Give our office a call on 9477 2550 to arrange a time to have your branches trimmed in the lead-up to Spring.