Did you know that the leading cause of power outages is fallen trees and branches?
That’s why AEP Ohio has a comprehensive program to manage trees and brush that grow around our lines and equipment—and it’s been shown to improve the reliability of our service. In fact, our maintenance program has reduced tree-related outages by 80% since 2009.
As part of our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of both our customers and crews, we have tree crews who are well trained and equipped in COVID-19 prevention. We are taking extra precautions and have temporarily suspended face-to-face meetings with customers. However, our forestry crews will continue to trim and clear trees — this maintenance work is critical to keeping your power flowing.
We know you love your trees. We love them, too. We promise to treat your property with respect and care as we work to prevent tree-related power outages. Trees are trimmed to provide at least 10 feet of clearance from power lines. This distance helps prevent contact during most storms, ensures public safety, access for maintenance and allows for re-growth.
If work is scheduled on your property, we’ll attempt to call you in advance. Please be sure the contact information on your account is up-to-date: AEPOhio.com/Account.
Visit AEPOhio.com/Trees for more information or to get in touch with our forestry team.