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Residential home damage caused by trees falling on roof, a result of the high velocity winds of Hurricane.

What Should You Do If a Winter Storm Downs a Tree?

Howling wind, heavy snow, and ice are common in the colder months, and any of these conditions can prove to be dangerous. One potential situation that could occur as the result of a strong winter storm is that a tree could fall on your property. You may be wondering what to do if you ever find yourself in this predicament.

Safety Comes First

Your safety should always be the main priority. The first thing you must do is assess the situation from a safe distance. If a utility line is down, you’ll have to assume that it’s live. To stay safe, avoid touching the tree or the line. Keep a safe distance from the area and avoid getting too close. If there’s water nearby, that water could be electrified. Call the utility company immediately. A call to the local authorities is also a smart idea so that they can send personnel who can help keep the area clear.

If a tree has come down on part of your home, it is important to evacuate the area and wait until the proper authorities state that it is safe to enter again. You will also need to make a call to your insurance company to start the claim process.

Call a Professional

It may seem like cutting apart a tree would be simple work once the tree is already down, but this isn’t always the case. Chain saws and manually operated saws can be very dangerous to use, and you can’t always predict what will happen when you’ve made cuts in tree trunks and branches. For a regular person, getting on a ladder with a sharp object is not a good idea.

A trusted tree service will have skilled staff members that have the proper training and expertise necessary to handle this type of work safely and efficiently. Experts will do their best to prevent any additional damage to your landscaping and will be especially careful if any limbs are close to your vehicles or other structures on your property.

A possible scenario is that a large branch comes down, but the rest of the tree remains intact. In this case, removing the damaged portion of the tree will give it a chance to thrive.

Contact Us

Large trees that come down in winter storms pose major risks. Your best bet is to call for professional help. Reach out to our team at Nationwide Tree Service for tree removal services. We also offer lot clearing, stump removal, tree trimming, and commercial tree services.

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