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Tree Trimming
Why is Tree Trimming Sometimes Necessary?

We understand how important trees can be to homeowners and to communities. After all, we're proud of our province as well.

While we care for our green communities, we have an obligation to provide safe, reliable electrical service. Our ability to do that is affected by the growth of trees that could pose a danger to the power lines and the people we serve. That's why it is necessary for us to trim trees that are too close to power lines.

It Prevents Electrocutions

When a tree or a large branch falls onto a power line, as sometimes happens during storms, it can bring down the power line. If anyone touches a downed power line that is still energized, the result can be serious injury, even death.

In addition, because trees are full of sap, they are good conductors of electricity. Children can be electrocuted if they touch a tree limb that is too close to a power line.

It Prevents Fires

When a tree branch contacts a power line, it can cause a fire.

It Prevents Power Outages

Fallen trees can interrupt power to many customers. In some cases a tree can tear down the entire line and break the poles that hold the line in place. As well, a tree or even a branch that is merely in contact with the power line can cause a power outage.

Tree Trimming Techniques

Each tree trimmer working for Newfoundland Power is an experienced, trained professional. Tree trimming is carried out in the immediate vicinity of energized high voltage power lines and only by qualified personnel.

Never Attempt To Prune Trees Yourself

Trimming trees around power lines should only be attempted by trained professionals. Serious injuries and even fatalities have occurred when untrained individuals attempt to do this work themselves.

How Much Will Be Cut From My Trees?

When pruning operations are performed, our trimming experts make every attempt to trim sufficient clearance so that the tree will remain safe until we return on our next routine maintenance cycle. Our trimmers are trained in proper pruning techniques and do their best to redirect growth away from the power lines while attempting to protect the health of the tree.

Trees with trunks in close proximity to power lines require much heavier pruning than trees which are located a greater distance from the line. Sometimes large growing trees close to power lines have to be pruned so severely that it becomes necessary to take the tree down.