Tree damage is a large cause of wind damage whether or not it is Hurricane Season. I want to remind everyone to cut back trees and branches for safety reasons. It is a good time to trim trees back for safety reasons especially before the windy season starts like Hurricane Season.
- Trees touching utility lines and power lines can create a dangerous situation. Lines can get snapped and fires can start. Contact the utility company to request trained and experienced line-clearance tree trimmers.
- Trees touching roofs can cause damage to the roofs and insects to have an easy trail onto your roof top. Insurance companies can be really picky when trees branches are touching the roof. Because these branches can fall onto the roof causing a puncture to the roof.
- Remove dead wood that can easily crack off causing damage to pedestrians, pets and property.
- Focus on trees in a safety zone around your home. The zone should be at least 30 feet wide around your home on level ground. Trim trees that could fall on your home, vehicle and other structures. Keeping a safety zone clear can help reduce the spread of fire.
- Top heavy trees are dangerous. Heavy rain can cause root systems to uproot with top heavy trees. Trim.
- Inspect trees for diseases. The infected part of the tree may spread the damage to other parts of the tree so pruning these can help keep the tree from falling down.
Stay Alert at All Times!
- Use a professional tree trimming service for safety reasons.
- Do not trim trees in dangerous weather conditions.
- Perform a hazard assessment of the work area before starting work.
- Eliminate or minimize exposure to hazards at the tree and in the surrounding area.
- Operators of chain saws and other equipment should be trained and the equipment properly maintained.
- Use personal protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, hard hats, hearing protection, etc., recommended in the equipment manufacturer’s operating manual.
- Determine the tree’s felling direction. Address forward lean, back lean, and/or side lean issues.
- Determine the proper amount of hinge wood to safely guide the tree’s fall. Provide a retreat path to a safe location.
- Inspect tree limbs for strength and stability before climbing. Tree trimmers working aloft must use appropriate fall protection.
- Do not climb with tools in your hands.
- If broken trees are under pressure, determine the direction of the pressure and make small cuts to release it.
- Use extreme care when felling a tree that has not fallen completely to the ground and is lodged against another tree.
- Never turn your back on a falling tree.
- Be alert and avoid objects thrown back by a tree as it falls.
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