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If you are planning to put in a pool, put up a shed or do any other construction that requires pruning or cutting down one or more of your trees and there are power lines nearby, see
What to do BEFORE pruning or cutting down a tree near a power lines
Report a hazard involving vegetation near power lines
Is anybody or anything (tool, ladder or branch) liable to get within 3 m of any of the wires shown while the work is being done?
Think about the way a cut branch or tree would fall. And consider that a worker could lose control of a tool or ladder.
LOOK UP FROM THE GROUND. STAY AWAY FROM THE LINES AND DON’T LET ANYBODY OR ANYTHING (TOOL, LADDER, TAPE MEASURE OR ANYTHING ELSE) GET WITHIN 3 M OF THEM.
By law, only an arborist authorized by Hydro-Québec is allowed to carry out tree pruning or felling work that might require a person, part of a tree or a tool to come within 3 m of a medium-voltage line at any time.
Stay away from the wires and don’t let anybody or anything (tool, ladder, tape measure or anything else) get within 3 m of them.
If the insulating sheath is obviously damaged, or if the three stacked wires are bare, stay away from the lines and don’t let anybody or anything (tool, ladder, tape measure or anything else) get within 3 m of them.
Low-voltage lines are a serious shock hazard, even though they have a insulating sheath, because they can carry thousands of amps. As a precaution, never touch them directly or indirectly, because the sheathing may be damaged, even if it doesn’t look like it.
We recommend that you have the work done by an arborist who is a member of SIAQ (Société internationale d’arboriculture Québec, the Québec chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture).
Display the list of arborists who are SIAQ members in the region (in French).
Thank you for putting safety first when planning your work.
Telecommunications wires are not an electrical hazard, because they are sheathed and have a voltage of approximately 12 V. However, it is important to take care not to damage these wires.
Hydro-Québec does not prune or cut down trees to clear telecommunications wires.
You'll find it on your bill.This number is a series of nine digits, starting with 1.
E.g.: 100 000 001