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Why does Alliant Energy have to trim trees? Tree limbs and power lines aren't a good combination – especially when severe weather hits. Trees are a common cause of service interruptions and outages, and a damaging storm can disrupt power for extended periods.
In addition, tree limbs and branches that extend into power lines pose a significant risk to public safety even during mild weather. Outside the home Have GFCI outlets and waterproof covers on all outdoor outlets.
Look out for overhead power lines every time you use a ladder or pole. Stay at least 10 feet away from any electrical lines.
Call a professional for help trimming trees near power lines. Keep children and pets away from utility equipment, including meters and transformers. Don’t let anyone climb trees or fly kites near power lines.
To report a power outage, downed power line, natural gas leak, carbon monoxide alarm or other emergency, please call ALLIANT. To report a street light outage, please use our street light repair request form.
If a tree is diseased, dying, storm-damaged or is likely to be severely deformed by trimming, we will suggest it be removed.
Alliant Energy is offering customers these safety tips: Don’t attempt to remove tree limbs stuck in or touching power lines – call Alliant Energy for assistance.
Call a professional to trim trees near power lines. When tree trimming or removing branches – whether standing on the ground or using a ladder, pole or crane -- stay at least 10 feet away from any electric lines.The National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) requires utility companies to make sure trees, branches and other vegetation near power lines are trimmed, pruned and/or removed as necessary to prevent damage to the lines that could create a risk of electrocution or electric shock injury.
However, a utility’s tree-trimming duty generally only extends to pole-to-pole utility power lines. Trimming trees and vegetation around the utility’s power line.