What customers can doCustomers 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.
- 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.