What customers can do
Customers can do their part in making sure that trees and other vegetation do not become an issue by:
- Planting trees so that they do not interfere with power lines – even when they have grown to maturity. FPL offers information on recommended trees to plant along with help in considering where to plant them with its "Right Tree, Right Place" program.
- Routinely trimming trees on their property away from power lines. Do not wait for a hurricane to approach to do this work as the tree debris may become dangerous with storm-force winds. Never attempt to trim any vegetation growing near overhead power lines themselves – hire qualified line-clearing professionals to do the work.
FPL urges customers to stay safe and stay far away from power lines at all times.
- Outdoor work, such as trimming trees, making home repairs and picking fruit, can put customers at risk of deadly contact with power lines. Never attempt to trim any vegetation growing near power lines.
- Stay more than 10 feet away from neighborhood power lines and at least 35 feet from larger high-voltage lines.
- Never use tools or equipment near power lines.
- Hire qualified line-clearing professionals to trim trees near power lines.
- Visit www.FPL.com/safety for more information on how to stay safe around electricity.
To learn more about FPL's line-clearing program and what customers can do to help improve their service reliability, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YbOvuqoobw.Florida Power & Light Company Florida Power & Light Company is the largest rate-regulated electric utility in Florida and serves the third-largest number of customers of any electric utility in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.6 million customer accounts and is a leading Florida employer with approximately 10,000 employees as of year-end 2012. During the five-year period ended December 31, 2012, the company delivered the best service reliability among Florida investor-owned utilities. As of year-end 2012, its typical residential customer bills are the lowest in Florida, and based on data available in July 2012, are about 26 percent below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.FPL.com. SOURCE Florida Power & Light Company