Trees growing near power lines are one of the leading causes of power flickers and outages. Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) reminds its customers to follow its tree-planting tips. “Line clearing is an important part of our plan to keep the lights on and our customers’ safe,” said Eli Viamontes, FPL’s manager of vegetation management. “By making the right landscaping choices, our customers can help maintain safe, reliable electric service for their families and neighbors.”
Find the Right Tree – Trees come in many shapes and sizes, and can change dramatically as they grow. Before selecting a tree, learn how tall, wide and deep the tree will be at maturity. Visit www.FPL.com/RightTree for planting tips and a list of recommended trees by region.
Choose the Right Place – Trees and power lines don’t mix. Trees that grow too close to power lines could interrupt local electric service and cause a safety hazard. FPL encourages its customers to plant trees and bushes away from power lines to help maintain reliable electric service.
Call Before You Dig – Some utility lines are buried underground. So, before reaching for a shovel, reach for the phone. Sunshine State One Call of Florida will have underground lines and equipment marked for free. Just call 811 at least two full business days before digging. For more information, visit www.Sunshine811.com.
Don’t Prune Near Power – FPL cautions its customers to never prune trees growing near power lines; hire trained professionals to clear vegetation away from the lines. Stay safe and stay far away from power lines at all times.
“FPL delivers better than 99.98 percent reliability and we’re working constantly to make it even better,” Viamontes added. “That’s why we clear trees and vegetation from approximately 15,000 miles of power lines every year – a distance equal to traveling round trip from Miami to Los Angeles nearly three times.”
The National Arbor Day Foundation has designated FPL as a “Tree Line USA” company for 10 consecutive years in recognition of the company’s support for preserving, protecting and enhancing the environment.
For more information, visit www.FPL.com.