Remember to Plant the Right Tree in the Right Place This Arbor Day

Tree Branches and Vegetation Can Affect Your Electric Service
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Chris McGrath, Florida Power & Light Company

(Juno Beach, FL., Monday, April 25, 2016) – Tree branches and vegetation can affect your electric service. This Arbor Day, remember to plant the Right Tree in the Right Place.

Chris McGrath, Florida Power & Light Company, has helpful tips to consider before you plant any trees or bushes.  

SOUNDBITE #1:

TREE LIMBS AND BRANCHES ARE AMONG THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF POWER OUTAGES AND FLICKERS. THIS ARBOR DAY, FOLLOW THESE FOUR SIMPLE STEPS TO SMART LANDSCAPING:  FIND THE RIGHT TREE, CHOOSE THE RIGHT SPOT, CALL 8-1-1 BEFORE YOU DIG TO GET UNDERGROUND UTILITY LINES MARKED AND ALWAYS HIRE A SPECIALLY-TRAINED LINE-CLEARING PROFESSIONAL TO TRIM YOUR TREES WHEN THEY ARE NEAR AND AROUND POWER LINES.

SOUNDBITE #2:

BEFORE SELECTING AND PLANTING A TREE THIS ARBOR DAY, DETERMINE HOW LARGE IT WILL BE AT MATURITY. A TREE THAT IS TOO CLOSE TO THE POWER LINEs CAN CAUSE POWER OUTAGES AND FLICKERS, AFFECTING YOU AND EVERYONE SERVED BY THAT LINE. AND, BE SURE TO remember TO CALL 8-1-1 BEFORE YOU DIG TO LOCATE UNDERGROUND UTILITY LINES.

 

Help prevent outages by planting the right trees in the right place. For more information, visit www.FPL.com/Trees

 

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