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Apr 26, Look at your yard through your windows from inside the house to see if you have downed trees or branches. If you know where powerlines run over your property, you’ll be able to determine the likelihood that a fallen tree or branch may have taken out a power line. Call and your electric utility to report probable lines down. Feb 26, Treat all power lines as energized. Never climb or attempt to fell a tree that has a limb caught in a power line.
You may not see any visible evidence that this tree is electrified or dangerous. Beware of this hidden hazard. Trees that could reach a power line should never be felled by a land owner.
If a tree falls into a power line, stop at once! If you’re concerned about a tree falling on a power line, or if your tree has fallen on a power line than its important to contact the company which operates the power line. Speak to the energy company about the issue, who will guide you on what to do next. Most companies offer this service for free, especially as it’s likely to cost them less than what it costs to replace the power bushleaning.barted Reading Time: 4 mins.
Nov 17, If its a private line (your connection to the grid) then you pay. You may have a responsibility to maintain the tree (prune it) and ensure it doesn't get too close to the electric line.
A tree falling however is an entire different thing, following say a storm, is an unforeseen accident. It is the up to the party that got damaged to be insured. Jul 21, The one exception is if a tree branch falls onto one of the overhead powerlines. If this happens, it’s considered an immediate safety hazard. Xcel Energy will take care of this issue at no charge to the owner. Exposed connectors. The power company owns the overhead conductors and the clamps that connect them.
Stay well away from the power lines. Cut the smallest pieces you can - so they disconnect from both the tree and the power lines without any possibility of becoming a conductor from the power lines to the ground (or to you) when they fall. I did this recently. However, the trees in question were small.
I simply cut the entire trees down.