Storm Season is Here Again: Is Your Yard Ready?
 

May 19, 2006
Storm Season Is Here Again: Is Your Yard Ready?

JUNO BEACH, Fla. -- With hurricane season officially starting June 1, Florida Power & Light Company offers hurricane preparation advice to help residents save their trees while reducing the risk of tree-related outages.

“We love our trees here in Florida,” said Steve Anderson, vegetation specialist for FPL. But the last two storm seasons claimed many, and some knocked over power lines, causing power disruptions and safety hazards. “A little planning will go a long way toward protecting our trees, our property and our safety,” said Anderson.

FPL recommends the following tips to prepare Florida residents - and their trees - for the upcoming storm season while minimizing the likelihood that trees will interfere with power lines and disrupt electrical service:

  • Now is the time, before a hurricane threatens, to survey and prepare your yard. Look for dead or weakened branches that could snap during a storm and begin pruning to help trees better withstand high winds.
  • If you do see a tree tangled in or too close to a power line, don't try and trim it yourself. Only specially trained line clearing professionals should work around power lines.
  • If a tree or branch has damaged a pole or line, creating sparks or a power outage, call 1-800-4-OUTAGE to report the problem.
  • The best way to keep trees from interfering with power lines is prevention: choose the right tree and plant it in the right place to begin with. Consider the mature height of a tree when planting near overhead electric lines. FPL offers specific tips on the selection and proper placement of trees through its Right Tree Right Place program. Visit www.FPL.com/trees for a list of recommended trees and suggested setbacks from overhead utilities, as well as those to avoid planting near power lines. Trees planted in the right place are also given the room they need to achieve proper form and height without posing a safety hazard.

Customers may also request FPL's Right Tree Right Place guide by calling FPL's customer care center number listed on their electric bill.

Florida Power & Light Company is the principal subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc. (NYSE: FPL), nationally known as a high quality, efficient and customer-driven organization focused on energy-related products and services. With annual revenues of more than $10 billion and a growing presence in 26 states, FPL Group is widely recognized as one of the country's premier power companies. Florida Power & Light Company serves 4.3 million customer accounts in Florida. FPL Energy, LLC, FPL Group's wholesale electricity generating subsidiary is a leader in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels. Additional information is available on the Internet at www.FPL.com, www.FPLGroup.com and www.FPLEnergy.com.