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What should I do if a branch falls on a power line?

On Monday, a crew from Asplundh Tree Expert Co., which contracts with We Energies, was trimming trees away from power lines at West Avenue and Prospect Court.

On Monday, a crew from Asplundh Tree Expert Co., which contracts with We Energies, was trimming trees away from power lines at West Avenue and Prospect Court. Photo By Jill Rick

Aug. 27, 2013

Thunderstorms and other severe weather events are a fact of life in the summer months. Often, those storms push trees and branches into power lines, creating a dangerous situation and sometimes interrupting power service.

When a tree or branch falls on a power line, it can be tempting to think that it would be easy to pull it off the line yourself. Don't do it, says We Energies spokesperson Cathy Schulze.

If a tree or branch ever comes down on a power line, whether or not you lose power, Schulze advises that homeowners call We Energies right away. People should stay at least 25 feet away from the line until We Energies arrives to assess and fix the issue. "We don't want people up there trying to negotiate moving things from power lines themselves," Schulze said.

If you have a tree or branch that you think may be in danger of coming into contact with a power line, call (800) 242-9137 and We Energies will send a forester out to assess your property.

What do you want to know? E-mail your questions to now.you.know@me.com.

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