Use caution when working in trees near power lines
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (November 15, 2011) – It’s that time of year in Florida. In the coming months, citrus trees will be ripe for harvesting. The state is a world leader in citrus production, with hundreds of millions of pounds of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and tangelos gleaned each year. On the community front, the Polk County Extension Service estimates that in Central Florida, 30 percent of homeowners have citrus trees on their property. In addition to citrus, avocado, mango, and other fruit-bearing trees are full of produce in yards across the state. Progress Energy encourages homeowners to be particularly aware of trees growing near power lines as they use fruit picking poles to harvest this bounty.
“Tree limbs can conduct electricity,” said Progress Energy Florida Senior Forester Rich Alexander. “When entangled, trees and wires are dangerous, full of electrical power that can hurt you. We encourage homeowners to be extremely cautious around power lines, especially when using tools such as tree saws, citrus pickers and ladders. Homeowners should treat all electric lines as not being insulated and dangerous to touch.”
Progress Energy offers some tips for homeowners to help avoid a dangerous situation:
For more information about safety around the home and in your yard, visit Progress Energy’s web site, www.progress-energy.com and click on “Safety Information” under the “For Your Home” tab.
Progress Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Progress Energy (NYSE: PGN), provides electricity and related services to more than 1.6 million customers in Florida. The company is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., and serves a territory encompassing more than 20,000 square miles including the cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as the Central Florida area surrounding Orlando. Progress Energy Florida is pursuing a balanced approach to meeting the future energy needs of the region. That balance includes increased energy-efficiency programs, investments in renewable energy technologies and a state-of-the-art electricity system. For more information about Progress Energy, visit http://www.progress-energy.com/.
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