Tree Trimming and Fire Prevention
Happy Labor Day! I hope you all enjoyed your summer, and are ready for some cooler weather and beautiful autumn colors.
To keep a safe, reliable and affordable power supply running to your home or business, employees at Northern Lights are always on the lookout for foliage growing under lines, overhanging branches or any trees that may pose a risk to the lines. We are continuously checking NLI’s 2,800 miles of distribution lines for any areas that need maintenance. Except in emergency situations, you will be notified prior to any trimming done in the right-of-way along your property. Tree trimming not only helps keep the lights on but can also reduce fire danger.
If you notice any trees or branches that may pose a risk to our power lines, please let us know and we will send a crew to assess the situation. To prevent issues in the future, keep in mind how tall and wide new trees or foliage may grow when planting. Assess how close they will grow to any lines. Never plant anything under power lines. Also, if you need to cut down a tree or are trimming your own trees, please check for nearby power lines.
Though NLI can only trim trees that pose a danger to our lines and poles, trimming your own trees can reduce fire danger on your property. Keeping low- hanging branches pruned to 6 to 10 feet off the ground, removing any tall scrubs or grasses from underneath your trees, and keeping your lawn and shrubs well hydrated can go a long way to protecting your home. Visit firewise.org to learn more.
In the event that fires threaten power lines, NLI is prepared to shut down the lines at the request of firefighters for their own safety while fighting the fire. Power will be restored as soon as possible once the danger has passed.
When we work together, we can keep the lights on and reduce our fire danger!