Education & Safety | Digging & Yard Safety
Before digging, know what's underground
Electric power lines, communications lines and other utility services could be within a few feet of the surface. For homeowners, excavating in your yard poses some risk. Digging into an underground electric line can cause power outages and personal injury from shock or electrocution. Whether you are grading, installing sprinklers or planting a tree, GPA encourages you to call 648-3011.
Dangers of working near high voltage power lines
Pruning trees next to power lines can be dangerous to you and others. Unqualified tree workers put their lives in jeopardy without specialized training or the proper insulated tools required to work near high voltage power lines. Hiring an unqualified tree contractor could put the contractor and yourself at a significant liability risk, should a worker be injured or killed while performing work.
Planting trees near utility easements
When preparing to plant vegetation near utilities there are a few things that need to be considered. Trees need space to grow both above and below ground. Proper selection and placement of trees under or near power lines reduces fire hazards, limits the need for frequent pruning, increases property value and can add beauty to your community.
Be aware of these conditions on your property.
- Trees that show signs of uprooting or are leaning toward power lines.
- Tree branches that have come into previous contact with power lines.
- Trees that have blown over by strong winds and are near power lines.