Spring storm season is upon us again, and that spells danger to our urban forest. High winds, sometimes with ice mixed in, put tremendous pressures on trees growing near houses or power lines. In their wake, property owners face the task of clearing trees and downed limbs.
"Storm cleanup is often when many property owners crank up their first chain saw," notes Tchukki Andersen, staff arborist for the Tree Care Industry Association. "And, not surprisingly, they injure themselves. It is also the time when 'ambulance chasing' tree care operators arrive in town looking for work. Some of these people charge exorbitant amounts for their work," Andersen warns.
The Tree Care Industry Association, the trade organization for owners and operators of tree care businesses, offers these safety tips to help avoid personal injury or damage to property during storm clean-up, and to assure that you hire an ethical tree service professional. Trees or large limbs that have fallen into power lines can be deadly.
If a utility line is down: