We clear the vegetation near the distribution system to keep trees and branches from falling on the lines. This is referred to as vegetation management. Through these efforts, we aim to protect workers and the public, but especially to prevent outages, because falling branches or trees are responsible for close to 40% of power outages. In wooded areas, up to 70% of outages are caused by strong winds, freezing rain or wet snow, all of which are occurring more frequently due to climate change.
Make sure you plant a tree at a safe distance from power lines by using the Choose the Right Tree or Shrub tool.
Consult the map to see if any work is planned in your area.
If a tree or a branch is in danger of damaging the service entrance of your home or building, rectify the situation quickly by calling a qualified arborist. If the vegetation is damaging one of your own components, like a service mast or spool rack, Hydro-Québec will not be able to restore your connection until your equipment has been repaired.
You can also act preventively by choosing to plant a type of tree that is well adapted to the regional climate and by respecting a safe distance from medium-voltage power lines. This will help limit the risks of an outage in your home and even your entire neighborhood.
To select a tree or shrub that is right for you, use our online tool, which includes some 1,500 examples.