Tree safety tips to use now and before the next storm

Small tree in Tacoma--January 2012With freezing rain falling Thursday from the central Puget Sound southward, many property owners are worried about damage to their trees and falling tree limbs which can take down power lines and cause other damage. During and after the storm, safety is the number one concern: look to see that power lines are not down or entangled in tree limbs — a tree can be a good conductor of high voltage.

Before starting clean up tasks to remove fallen limbs and branches, look up. Damaged branches could be dangling in the tree just waiting to fall. Consider calling a certified arborist to inspect your trees if you suspect serious damage — weakened trees will be more susceptible to tree-damaging diseases and insects, as well as wind damage.

More safety tips for storm season

What to do after power outages

Winter safety when outdoors

Road conditions for mountain passes

We can’t prevent storms, but there are ways to reduce the damage winds and ice can cause to trees before the storm hits. How? First of all, never top your trees, and second, keep them in great shape with regular maintenance. Proper pruning means careful cutting (not topping), smart staking, and thoughtful planting as this video about tree care explains.

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