When it comes to trees and power lines, your safety is our highest priority.
Know the dangers of working or being near power lines, whether you are pruning trees, cleaning gutters, hanging Christmas lights or come across them during a storm. It's vital to stay away from all power lines, including the service wire from the pole to your home. For more power line safety information, please visit pge.com/mindthelines.
Stay safe by knowing what's below. Call 811 at least two business days before digging, ripping or removing any trees or stumps. This free call will notify local utility companies of your intent to dig, and they will come to your project site and mark any underground lines. The marks are valid for 28 days.
Each year, nearly 50 tree workers in the industry are killed by contact with overhead power lines—and many more are seriously injured. Workers who contact electric or gas utility lines also create life-threatening hazards for those who live or work nearby. Tree workers put their lives in jeopardy if they don't have specialized training or the proper insulated tools required to work near high-voltage power lines. Accidents are preventable when tree crews have safety guideline knowledge.
PG&E offers free resources for tree care businesses. If you are in this business and want to better understand our tree care standards and Order free Tree Worker Safety materials.
Serious injuries and fatalities include orchard workers who prune or hedge orchard trees or move irrigation pipe near power lines. These deaths and injuries are preventable when tree crews have safety guideline knowledge.
PG&E offers free resources for orchard owners. Order free Orchard Worker Safety materials.
PG&E has other free safety materials, visit: http://www.pgesafetyeducation.com/