Trees and your power
How we keep your power lines safe
We love trees and we know how important they are to you and your community. We also know how important it is that you have reliable electric service. That’s why we regularly trim trees – to ensure your power is both safe and reliable. Our team of experts carefully and safely trims trees away from power lines to avoid power outages.
Staying safe around power lines
Avoid potential electrical hazards where you live and play. It is especially important that you know the following life-saving rules:
- Stay away from power lines and never touch them with anything
- Don't climb or play in trees growing near power lines
- Don't build tree houses in trees near power lines
Stay safe! Don’t try to prune or remove trees that are near power lines. Tree trimming near power lines requires specialized, non-conductive equipment and skilled training. Call us if you see a tree that could cause a downed power line or power outage.
Following a storm
Trees are the leading cause of power outages, and extreme weather conditions are often the enemies of reliable power. Storms can cause tree limbs to break, and trees can fall, pulling down power lines. Don’t touch any sagging or downed power lines. Call us at 1-800-4NIPSCO (1-800-464-7726) to report a downed line immediately.
Our crews are focused on restoring your power after a storm. When crews work on damaged trees, they only perform the work that is necessary to safely make repairs. They don’t clean up or remove branches or debris.
Free rough wood chips
Our tree work generates large amounts of ground up branches and leaves. This wood mulch is ideal for landscaping projects and other uses. If you would like mulch, please contact us or ask one of our tree contractor representatives. While we cannot guarantee mulch will be available, we will do our best to provide mulch if we are working in your general area.
Read more about tree pruning and the need to clear tree limbs near power lines.
Selecting and planting the right new tree
A new tree can add shade or accent to your property. It could even save you energy and money. Before you begin digging, locate any underground utility lines. Call "811" at least 48 hours in advance of your next project. When you’re thinking about planting a tree consider the height, spread and placement to avoid future contact with power lines. Read more about planting the right tree in the right place.