During and after massive windstorms, there are often multiple reports of fallen trees and tree branches. Falling tree branches can result in extensive damage to nearby structures, power lines, buildings, vehicles, or even people. Recently, a dog narrowly escaped death after a tree started suddenly falling in an East York Backyard. See the video below for more details about how this situation unfolded. The following are only a few of the possible dangers of falling tree branches.
Falling trees or limbs can result in extreme damage to personal property, in this case, vehicles. Most car owners park their automobiles in the open, putting them at risk of falling trees or branches. One should take the initiative of trimming branches near the parking lot or cutting trees that are not strong enough to withstand a storm.
On the other hand, you can opt to hire a specialized arborist to do the tree trimming work for you. He/she can easily identify the damaged trees and safely remove them. Also, car owners should secure a garage for safely parking their automobiles during extreme weather. But more often than not, storms are unexpected- so, this might not always be applicable.
Death and Injury
Even though rare, a few cases have been reported about persons being injured or killed by falling tree branches. Most of these cases occur when a tree branch falls on their home, or the falling limb finds someone at the wrong place at the wrong time (nearby). Individuals should keep a safe distance or location during extreme weather.
Structures and Buildings
Probably the most destructive damage of falling tree branches is when they land on structures and buildings. In one year, falling tree branches can lead to estimated property damage of about 1 billion dollars. Although most of this destruction cannot be prevented, part of it is very much avoidable.
The best practice to protect a structure or building from falling tree branches is by requesting an arborist to check your trees thoroughly. The arborist should identify and eliminate any dead tree branches and trees, or remove dangerously situated trees or tree branches that might pose an unnecessary risk to your building. If the tree is close enough to the building or structure, expert care still comes in handy during the removal of these trees to avoid unexpected damage in the name of ‘good faith.’
Fallen trees or branches can result in blockage of trails or roads, thus restricting passage. In case of emergencies, a blocked road causes a lot of inconvenience. Trees growing alongside the road should be pruned frequently to remove the dead branches. The necessary authorities should also be responsible for felling any unhealthy trees growing alongside the road.
Disruptive Power Lines
Falling tree branches can cause power outages. During extreme weather, such as windstorms, the falling tree branches can land on power lines and disrupt power supply. Power is a necessity in most households and businesses.
So, disruption in the power supply can have quite a detrimental effect and even extreme losses. To prevent such occurrences, regular tree pruning should be done to get rid of damaged, dead, or trees located near major power lines.
Ultimately, trees necessitate regular maintenance to prevent the dangers arising from falling tree branches. If you cannot handle all the maintenance work by yourself, quote for an arborist. They will ensure all trees are growing correctly and healthy enough not to pose an unnecessary risk to individuals and property.