To improve electrical service reliability and safety for customers, DTE Energy tree trimming crews will be working in several local communities over the next two months.
During severe weather, fallen limbs and tree branches create about two-thirds of power outages.
After vegetation management, trees are less susceptible to disease and insect problems and because they are stronger, they're more resistant to high winds and heavy ice.
Once the tree trim work is completed, DTE Energy removes small branches and debris from customer properties. Larger trimmed branches are cut to firewood length and left behind for customer use of disposal. DTE Energy will not remove diseased tree debris.
Like most other utilities nationwide, DTE Energy also does not remove debris caused by severe storms.
In these emergency situations, crews will cut broken and uproot trees in order to reach locations that need repair. Customers are advised to contact their trash collectors or a professional tree removal company for advice on disposing of debris.
Customers are responsible for keeping tree branches away from their service drops, which are the lines that run from utility poles to their home. Although the voltage running through the service drop is much lower than pole-to-pole wires, DTE Energy recommends hiring a professional tree service to complete this trimming.