Tree branches don't have to break to cause problems. Limbs swaying into power lines can cause widespread outages or short circuits. Branches that extend over power lines need to be removed before high winds, snow or ice cause them to break and fall, causing a power outage that could affect an entire neighborhood.
We keep our power lines clear of trees and other vegetation to reduce electric power outages that occur as a result of tree branches contacting the power lines.
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