It’s important to be aware of your surroundings when working near power lines both below and above the ground – whether you’re digging to plant a tree or garden or build a fence, or working above to prune trees, clean rain gutters or hang lights during the holidays.
Coming into contact with a power line can cause serious injuries, or even death. That’s why you should always stay at least 10 feet away from power lines and follow these safety tips:
Only line clearance-qualified contractors with special training and insulated tools are legally allowed to work near power lines. Working near power lines can lead to serious injury, or even death. If you need to hire a tree worker for other work on your property, always hire a qualified tree care service.
As part of our Vegetation Management Program, we maintain required safety clearances around transmission and distribution power lines that serve cities and neighborhoods. However, you are responsible for maintenance of the service wire that runs from PG&E’s electric pole to your home. You can call us at 1-800-743-5000 to request a free temporary service disconnect so you or a contractor can safely work around the service wire that connects to your home.
Did you know that 811 is a free service that requires local utility companies to mark the location of their underground facilities so you can dig safely? To remain safe while planting trees, shrubs or flowers, practice safe digging by following these three steps:
Working near power lines is dangerous. We offer free safety resources for tree care businesses, orchard workers and any industry that may work near power lines. Together, we can help reduce preventable accidents and enhance safety in our communities.