Today is National Arbor Day, a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Before you start planting, here are some safety tips to consider:
- Call before you dig. Before digging, it’s important to be sure there isn’t a risk of any underground lines. To verify, call 8-1-1 before you start to make sure the area is safe.
- Watch where you plant. If your tree exceeds 25 ft in height, plant them 40-60 feet away from power lines to avoid interference. Also, try to avoid planting near electrical equipment where there may be underground lines.
- Be sure to observe the ten-foot rule. Don’t attempt to work on trees that are within ten feet of any kind of overhead wires. This distance ensures you won’t touch any wires.
- Contact KUA for Tree Trimming. If you’re not looking to plant a tree and spot a tree that has grown into our infrastructure, fill out a tree trimming request here: https://kua.com/contact-information/tree-trimming-requests/. This work helps us prevent outages and downed lines while maintaining a high level of safety and reliability.
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