Trees add immeasurable value to your property, but they require pruning, sometimes heavy trimming, or removal. When you try to save money and do this work yourself, you must be careful not to create hazards for yourself or your friends and neighbors. The most common types of serious tree trimming accidents are:
Electric Shock. If there's even a slight chance your tree trimming might involve a power line at all, always contact NREMC first. Even when you think there's room, if the wind blows a limb into a power line as you're trimming it, you can be electrocuted.
Falling. Pruning branches or trimming out dead or overgrown limbs sometimes requires getting into the tree. Always make sure you are using appropriate safety harnesses and ropes. Before climbing, inspect the tree to make sure no power lines run through or near the tree.
Being struck. Falling branches can get hung up and not fall where you expected, or branches under load can snap back toward your saw. Branches and limbs crack, bounce, snap and recoil, especially if dead wood is present. These pieces can be flung surprisingly far in multiple directions.
If you're planning to trim a tree close to a power line, please contact us to arrange a time for us to come out and see if we can assist you with your project.