What happens if a tree touches a power line?

They can cause power outages or momentary power interruptions when branches touch airlines. Electric arcs and sparks from a cable to a nearby branch can cause fire. And if you're too close to the tree, electricity can jump out of the tree toward you and cause serious injury or even death. We once had a neighbor who had a tree that went to the power lines, and the kids in the neighborhood really like to climb that tree.

But the closer they got to the power line, the greater the likelihood of electrocution. Most homeowners don't know how well insulated power lines are. Most of the time the electrical current is more intense the closer you are to the tree. It can spread from the tree and roots and then, of course, return to the source, in which case it could cause the tree to catch fire.

Obviously, if the tree is sparkling and catches fire, it's an extreme LiveWire and you should call the power company right away. When a tree is in contact or gets close enough to a power line, it can be energized. This can be very dangerous, as it can cause the electrocution of anyone who touches it or it can cause the tree to catch fire. Since branches can conduct electricity, it is always recommended that you do not attempt to cut branches that touch the power line. We prioritize safety when removing trees, ensuring that all surrounding structures and powerlines are protected during the process.

You will be exposed to the risk of electric shock. Trees and power lines are never a good combination. When trees grow close to suspended electrical cables, they can come into contact with the wires and receive energy. Trees and cables are dangerous and full of electrical energy that can injure or kill humans.

Make sure no one climbs a tree near power lines. If the branches touch the wires, the tree could receive energy. Even branches that don't touch power lines could receive energy if the child's weight is added. Power lines have insulation around them to prevent accidents, but fires and electrocutions still occur.

Trees don't conduct much electricity naturally, so one or two twigs usually don't cause a disaster. The risk increases the longer the tree grows in power lines. There is also the factor that adverse weather conditions cause the tree to enter the power line. Sparks from a damaged cable can cause the tree to catch fire or even a nearby house.

Unlike the tree itself, water is an excellent conductor of electricity, and if you find yourself on the path of electricity to the ground touching water or a living, very humid tree, electricity can travel through the water to you. To help maintain the safety and reliability of electrical service, your utility company can prune trees that are too close to power lines or contact a tree trimming service to do so. It's a bad idea to wait for the power line to spit out sparks before calling a tree service company. However, in most cities there is an inspector who goes through them and notifies residents that their trees are close to power lines and must be pruned.

If you're in that situation, you might be tempted to try to cut down the tree or even cut down some branches yourself. Homeowners can easily be injured, often mortally, when trying to prune trees near overhead electrical cables. On the contrary, you (the property owner) are responsible for the regular maintenance of the trees on your property to avoid interference with the service line that runs from the utility pole to your home or business. There are usually trees near power lines, and the utility company will be responsible for cutting them down when they do the rounds every 6 to 12 months.

Pruning trees during winter: since this is the low season, you'll get much cheaper deals than during the high season. However, if those trees are planted in the wrong place in your garden, they can also be expensive to maintain and even dangerous. Tree branches can fall off in bad weather and damage electrical cables that provide power to you and your neighbors, causing power cuts or interruptions in “flickering” light. Instead, this usually comes from a secondary source, such as when a tree branch or a pruning tool touches a wire. 

A tree branch can move quite a bit in the slightest breeze and cause power or utility lines to break if it falls. Depending on where the lines in the top of the tree are, they may also need to be disconnected from the pole or panel of the house.


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