Trimming trees key to reducing bushfire risk
WITH the Tasmanian bushfire season expected to start early, TasNetworks is encouraging farmers to prepare their properties now.
One common safety risk is trees growing too close to powerlines.
Trees falling on powerlines can cut out electricity supply and potentially leave wires on the ground.
TasNetworks bushfire mitigation manager Michael Emmett said farmers could prepare their properties by physically checking vegetation such as trees.
“Vegetation should be at least 3m away from powerlines,” Mr Emmett said. “It is preferable that trees are prevented from entering the contact zone of power lines.
“It is very important, hownursery DANGER ZONE: Trees or branches falling on powerlines are a fire risk. Bare powerlines leading to homes or private powerlines can be insulated to reduce risk Overhead powelines can be replaced with underground cables Consider planting tree species that will not exceed 3m in height ever, that farmers do not attempt to trim trees themselves if they are already within 3m of a powerline,” Mr Emmett said.
“Farmers should hire an authorised contractor to remove any vegetation growing too close.”
TasNetworks encourages farmers to consider the height and type of vegetation they choose to plant on their property.
Selecting species that do not impact on nearby powerlines is the best option and a garden is an excellent source of information.
“Bushfires can cost lives, hurt communities and cause millions of dollars of damage to private property and electrical infrastructure. They also have a severe impact on the reliability of power supply,” Mr Emmett said.
“While it is important farmers ensure vegetation on their properties is clear of powerlines all year round, the bushfire season is a timely reminder for farmers to recheck properties for any new growth.”
TasNetworks is asking for people to help identify vegetation that could potentially pose a safety risk.
Anyone spotting trees or vegetation too close or a risk of branches falling on powerlines is urged to contact TasNetworks. In case of emergency or to report faults call 132 004.
For more details visit www.tasnetworks. com.au.