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Trees Near Power Lines

Property owners are responsible for keeping trees clear from service lines on their property. Click on this link for information about service lines.

Tree owners and PowerNet have a responsibility to keep trees clear of network-owned power lines, under the Electricity (Hazards from Trees) Regulations 2003. Click on this link to find out more information about the Regulations and your responsibilities as a tree owner.

The Regulations are designed to help protect public safety and supply of power. Trees can cause lines to clash or break, interrupting power supply and causing serious risk of electrocution or fire. To avoid complications with trees, plant them well away from power lines and keep branches trimmed before they get too close.

As trees grow, they can enable lines to come within easy reach of anyone climbing the tree or even cause an electric shock to a person touching the tree if it is close too or touching the power lines. Electrical safety can easily be overlooked, so everyone needs to know that they should never go near lines without being certain that it is safe to do so.

Before building a tree hut check that the tree is nowhere near power lines. This should ensure that children will not be able to come into contact with the power lines where they could be seriously injured or even killed.

Anyone climbing a tree to retrieve an item caught on a branch should check there are no power lines near the tree or the item. If the item is caught on or close to a line never try to remove it yourself. Contact PowerNet System Control on 0800 808 587 to arrange for a contractor to come and remove it (charges may apply).

It is important to remember to call PowerNet System Control on 0800 808 587 to arrange for a temporary disconnection before working in the vicinity of your overhead service lines.