Electricity is an important part of our daily lives. It's everywhere. It lights our
homes, cooks our food, powers our tools, and runs our televisions, radios and
computers. Unfortunately, too many people are injured or killed every year
because they used electricity in an unsafe manner or simply disregarded the
basic rules of electrical safety. The vast majority of electric shocks are
preventable. In fact, human error is the cause of at least 80 percent of all
electrocution deaths in Ontario. Electricity is safe if you treat it with respect
and not become careless about how you use it.
Contact with a powerline is very dangerous and can happen in an instant, but its impact is felt forever. From serious injury to death, the results are always devastating.
A simple chore like removing leaves from an eavestrough can turn into a life-changing event around overhead powerlines, if necessary safety precautions are not taken. Most people do not think about the silent but potentially deadly risks posed by overhead powerlines. We depend on powerlines to power our homes, businesses, and neighbourhoods. It is important to always respect their power by exercising safety precautions when playing or working around them.
Look up, look out and locate power lines to avoid any potential hazards!
To reduce the likelihood of dangerous occurrences and prevent
accidents, call Renfrew Hydro anytime you are thinking about
trimming, planting or removing trees around power lines on
We do not normally trim or remove vegetation on the customer's
property unless it poses a serious electrical hazard. We want to
protect our customers and help them manage vegetation on
their personal property, and upon request we can remove and
reinstall the customer's service lines in order for the vegetation
removal to occur safely.
Hiring professional tree trimmers for your personal property vegetation needs is the safest solution. Never perform
tree trimming around powerlines on your own. Only certified, trained tree maintenance personnel should perform
vegetation maintenance that is within 3 meters of a power line.