Why We Trim
How We Trim
When We Trim
Why We Trim
that are too close to power lines can interfere with
electric service, especially when weather brings lightning
or high winds. For reliability and compliance with the
National Electric Safety Code, we prune or remove trees that
threaten electric service.
helps prevent power outages. Since trees are a leading cause
of electric outages, one of the best ways to reduce
interruptions for customers is to maintain adequate
clearance (fifteen feet minimum) between trees and power
lines by pruning on a regular basis. Pruning helps to ensure
that your power stays on during gusty winds and
Well-maintained rights of way allow easier access for
personnel and vehicles during storm restoration. By
maintaining this access to our facilities, we can get all
customers' power restored more efficiently and safely.
that are properly pruned to ANSI A300 standards are much
more likely to maintain a healthy structure and appearance.
DCREMC specifications call for our contractors to trim to
committed to maintaining our facilities in a manner that
helps promote the safety of employees, the community,
and our members. For this reason, DCREMC does not encourage
customers or untrained contractors to prune trees near power
lines. DCREMC utilizes only qualified line-clearance
contractors who have been specially trained to work safely
around our facilities. For your safety and the safety of
others, please contact DCREMC before working near or
trimming any branches in the vicinity of power lines.
are planning to remove or trim a tree near our power lines
or if a tree leans excessively toward our lines, please see
the Tree Trimming section.
utility pruning reduces hazards resulting from falling trees
and limbs, which can cause wires to break or sag to the
ground and present a danger to motorists and pedestrians.
trees or limbs near power lines pose a danger to
unsuspecting children who could come in contact with a live
line while climbing a tree.
Directional pruning allows us to train the tree to grow away
from power lines by removing only the branches that come in
contact with the wires. By selectively trimming the tree's
branches, we can retain much of the tree's natural crown.
Safety Committee Process
Procedure Number: ES-001.1
Owner: Shawn Matthews
Effective Date: August 21, 2018