Trees and Power Line Safety

Trees enhance the quality of life in every community—converting carbon dioxide to oxygen—keeping the air clean. However, diseased and/or weakened trees, along with trees planted and growing near power lines, can contribute to power outages when they come in contact with overhead electric lines. Fairport Electric's goal is to ensure everyone’s safety and deliver reliable energy.

Fairport Electric has awarded this year's tree trimming contract to Birchcrest Tree and Landscape.

Fairport Electric's routine tree trimming responsibilities and schedule:
To ensure safety and electric service reliability, Fairport Electric schedules tree trimming in your area every five years adhering to the industry “best practices". Fairport Electric's tree contractor utilizes a technique called “directional pruning” in order to naturally “train” and direct growth away from the wires. This method is a true benefit to the health of the tree as it reduces disease and decay entry points. This pruning practice was developed in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service and is endorsed by the International Society of Arboriculture, the National Arbor Day Foundation and other tree-care professionals around the world. We only hire certified contractors to do this work. Working efficiently as possible, we schedule trimming by geographic location. Fairport Electric's trimming is limited to tree branches that affect electric wires only. We do not trim trees or branches that affect phone and cable wires. Before trimming, our contractor will notify customers by door hanger or a crew visit. You can also sign up for tree trimming notifications through our Everbridge notification system. Fairport Electric trims trees to maintain a minimum of 10-15 feet of clearance from our powerlines. Areas that will be trimmed this year can be found on our Reliability Projects map.

The following illustrations provide examples of the proper directional pruning for shade and ornamental trees:
tree trimming

Storm removal or cleanup during a storm: Our crews are focused on cutting and clearing trees from our lines to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. While we will remove broken utility poles to expedite service restoration, homeowners are responsible for removing all broken and/or damaged trees and limbs including those Fairport Electric removes to expedite service restoration. 

During or after any storm event, consider all downed wires to be energized and dangerous, including telephone, fiber optic and cable TV wires. They may be in contact with energized electric wires that are not within your view. To report downed electric wires, please call 585-223-9500.

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