FPL’s qualified tree-trimming contractors perform the work using “directional pruning.”This method is a professional technique of pruning trees away from power lines, removing entire branches and limbs up to the main trunk of the tree, where trees normally shed them. Future tree growth is then directed away from the power lines and re-growth is reduced. Feb 26, Tree cutting and power line safety Always look for nearby power lines before beginning to cut down any tree.
Because the amount of sag varies with electrical load, weather and line composition, a safe clearance distance in winter may not provide the same safety on the warmest summer days.
Call the local utility before cutting down any tree that might fall into a power line. Treat all power lines as energized. Never climb or attempt to fell a tree that has a limb caught in a power line. This method helps direct future growth away from power lines while leaving remaining limbs intact. ANSI A trimming may appear drastic at first but results in healthier trees long-term since fewer cuts are used.
Affected areas callous quickly, reducing decay and allowing for future trimming. Sep 21, Cutting down trees near power lines can be a dangerous and laborious task. If the tree’s branches are within 5 to 10 feet of a power line, many power companies require you.
Stay well away from the power lines. Cut the smallest pieces you can - so they disconnect from both the tree and the power lines without any possibility of becoming a conductor from the power lines to the ground (or to you) when they fall. I did this recently. However, the trees in question were small. I simply cut the entire trees down.