law requires electric utilities to keep trees trimmed so they remain
a safe distance away from high-voltage power lines. This helps keep
people from being injured if they climb or work in trees next to
power lines. Trimming trees next to power lines also prevents fires
that can result if tree branches contact lines. Utilities hire special
professional tree trimmers to do this work.
These people are certified
line clearance trimmers, which means they have many months
of training so they can work safely near power lines. They know
how to cut tree branches to make sure they won't fall on nearby
lines. And they use special pruners, climbing ropes, and bucket
trucks made of materials that do not conduct electricity.
No one but certified tree trimmers should
trim trees next to power lines! If your parents or another adult
you know needs to trim a tree next to a power line, ask them to
call PG&E first, at 1-800-PGE-5000.