Make sure you take any medium-voltage lines near your property into consideration before planting a tree or shrub. In particular, be sure to respect the safe planting distance indicated in the Choosing the Right Tree or Shrub guide. Start by finding out how to measure the distance to a medium-voltage line without jeopardizing your safety.
WARNING! Never let yourself or anything else (a tape measure, a tool, scaffolding or construction materials, etc.) come within three metres of a medium-voltage line.
Taking measurements safely near a medium-voltage line
Nothing could be simpler: just lay a rope on the ground along the imaginary line between two utility poles, and then measure the distance from the rope to your potential planting site. In this way, you can avoid letting yourself or anything else come too close to the line and putting your life in danger. Below are two examples explaining how to proceed.
I have already chosen a tree or shrub
Suppose that you want to plant a Ivory Silk Three Lilac. There is a medium-voltage line near your property.
I have already chosen a planting site
Suppose that you would like to plant a tree or shrub at a particular spot on your property. There is a medium-voltage line nearby.