Habersham EMC Urges Safe Planting Practices

Posted: March 1, 2019

blooms on a treeWith spring just around the corner, many people are planning outdoor landscape projects. There are many benefits to proper landscaping:

  • Carefully positioned trees can reduce a household’s energy consumption for heating and cooling up to 25 percent.
  • Proper landscaping can also increase the value and curb appeal of your home.

However, improperly placed trees and other vegetation can pose  safety risks and interrupt service.

  • Strong winds, storms and heavy ice can topple trees, pulling down lines and causing outages. Often, these lines can remain energized and potentially electrify trees and nearby objects.
  • During warm weather or when power lines are carrying heavy electrical loads, lines can heat up and sag, dropping toward nearby vegetation. Electrical current caused by arcing or flashovers between the lines and trees can cause a fire, injuring or even killing someone nearby.

By planting trees and other vegetation away from power lines and underground transformers, you can help eliminate the need for clearing in the future and improve the safety of your community.

Please see “Tree Planting Guide” for more information regarding HEMC’s right-of-way maintenance and a recommended tree planting guide. If you have additional questions regarding planting plans, please contact one of HEMC’s certified arborists.