PG&E Wants to Remind Loggers to Look Up and Practice Safe Tree Removal
This is a press release from PG&E:
UKIAH, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) urges its residential and commercial customers to practice safe tree trimming and removal this spring and summer in Mendocino and Humboldt counties. The reminder comes as the energy company participates in the Redwood Region Logging Conference in Ukiah. Four times last year in Humboldt County, logging crews cut down trees that fell on transmission power lines, creating a safety hazard and potentially causing customer outages. Fortunately, nobody was injured in the incidents.
“The safety of our customers and our community is our top priority, so whether you’re a licensed logger, harvest plan owner, land owner or you just need to cut down a tree, if there’s a power line nearby we encourage you to call us. We will ensure it is safe to fell a tree in that area or we may even be able to cut it down for you. It is unlawful to work within 10 feet of a distribution or a transmission line, so please call us at 1-800-743-5000 as soon as the work is scheduled,” said Carl Schoenhofer, Senior Manager for PG&E’s Humboldt Division.
If a tree or limb contacts the power line, get away from it and immediately call 911 and then PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. Do not attempt to remove the tree or limb from the line.
PG&E follows all applicable federal and state vegetation clearance requirements by performing regular trimming and removal of approximately 1.4 million trees annually along its 100,000 miles of electric lines. That includes inspecting and monitoring every PG&E overhead electric transmission and distribution line each year, with some locations patrolled multiple times.