Trees are a big part of what makes living in Edmond special. They save energy by shading our homes, provide habitat for wild creatures, help clean our air, and beautify our neighborhoods. Unfortunately, trees are also the leading cause of storm-related power outages in Edmond's service area.
High winds, ice, and heavy snow can all send branches or entire trees crashing into power lines. The lines slap together or fall to the ground and suddenly you're out of power. Sometimes, it doesn't even take a storm; falling limbs from sick or poorly maintained trees can lead to an outage.
While Edmond Electric maintains a rigorous tree-maintenance program for trees along power line right-of-ways, a majority of tree-related outages are caused by trees growing outside of the right-of-way. You can help prevent tree-related outages by following the "right tree, right place" guidelines when planting and keeping all of your trees pruned properly.