Trees planted in the wrong place or left to grow unmanaged can cause power outages and electrical safety hazards. Trees that grow close to CenterPoint Energy's electrical poles and lines will be trimmed, and tall-growing trees will be removed from high-voltage transmission line rights-of-way. Follow the guidelines below to plant and manage trees and other vegetation safely:
- Before you plant, be aware of the location of any utility lines, including those underground. To locate underground lines, call 811 before you dig.
- Know the growth potential of your trees and place them an appropriate distance from residential power distribution lines.
- If you choose to plant trees near your home, select trees that have a short height at maturity and a crown spread that will not interfere with nearby power distribution lines.
- Do not attempt to trim trees near power lines. Serious injury and death can occur when untrained homeowners or workers attempt to trim trees around energized power lines. Only trained professionals authorized by the local electric utility are allowed to trim or remove trees next to energized power lines.
- If you feel your trees are too close to any electrical facility, call CenterPoint Energy at 713-207-2222 or 800-332-7143 to request tree trimming. A representative from CenterPoint Energy will inspect the tree to determine if it requires trimming immediately.
- Do not plant trees within or adjacent to CenterPoint Energy's transmission rights-of-way. Much greater clearance from trees is needed for high-voltage transmission lines than residential distribution poles. Tall-growing trees within the transmission right-of-way will be removed.
- Instead, choose low-growing ground covers, decorative plants and shrubs to avoid any conflict with transmission lines as plants grow to maturity.