Keeping You Safe And The Lights On
Trees growing near power lines can be a safety hazard and are a leading cause of power outages. Power lines are easy to overlook and can pose serious electrical hazards if unnoticed. Strong winds and storms can topple trees or shatter branches that pull down power lines and cause outages. Sometimes, even if heavily damaged, lines remain energized with the potential to electrify trees and nearby objects.
To “cut back” on potential tree-related problems, MEC maintains an aggressive vegetation management/tree trimming policy.
The tree-free zone, referred to as the “Circle of Safety,” is a 15 foot radius around a power pole or conductor. It is the responsibility of the property owner to keep trees from growing near power lines, MEC equipment, easements and right-of-ways before they reach within 15 feet of the centerline, in compliance with MEC’s tree trimming policy.
If you have a tree that appears to be within the “Circle of Safety” or within 15 feet of any ground/underground equipment such as ground transformers, call MEC to send someone out to evaluate the site.
Thank you for your help as we work together to keep a safe, reliable and affordable supply of power flowing to your home or business.
To report trees you think are a problem, call 928-763-4115, and press option 1. Then press option 3.