Home & Work Safety

Outdoor Projects

Tree Trimming and Planting

  • Check for power lines first.
    Before trimming a tree, check carefully for nearby power lines. If you find one, contact MidAmerican Energy at 888-427-5632 before you proceed. Touching a power line with a tool or tree branch can cause a shock or start a fire.
  • Don't trim trees near power lines.
    Only licensed, qualified tree trimmers are allowed to work near high-voltage lines. Don't risk it yourself!
  • Plant trees far from power lines and equipment.
    Determine how tall and how wide the tree will be when it is fully grown. Then plant it where it will not come within 10 feet of power lines or other utility equipment. Before planting, call 811 or the local one-call utility notification service (see below) to be sure you won't contact buried utilities when you dig.

In Iowa, call 800-292-8989; in Illinois, 800-892-0123; in South Dakota, 800-781-7474; in Nebraska, 800-331-5666. Offices are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.