Recognizing Tree Hazards
17 , 2005
storms have caused major damage to both land and property.
Many trees have also suffered damage. Can you recognize tree
hazards that can cause major damage to your property? The
following article is developed by the International Society
of Arboriculture (ISA) to help you recognize a pending disaster.
Trees provide significant benefits to our homes and cities,
but when trees fall and injure people or damage property they
are liabilities. Taking care of tree hazards make your property
safer and prolongs the life of the tree.
Trees are an important part of our world. They offer a wide
range of benefits to the environment and provide tremendous
beauty. However, trees may be dangerous. Trees or parts of
trees may fall and cause injury to people or damage to property.
We call trees in such situations hazardous, to signify the
risk involved with their presence. While every tree has the
potential to fall, only a small number actually hit something
It is an ownerís responsibility to provide for the safety
of trees on his/her property. This article provides some tips
for identifying the common defects associated with tree hazards.
However, evaluating the seriousness of these defects is best
done by a professional arborist.
Regular tree care will help identify hazardous trees and the
risk they present. Once the hazard is recognized, steps may
be taken to reduce the likelihood of the tree falling and
Hazardous Trees & Utility Lines
Trees that fall into utility lines have additional serious
consequences. Not only can they injure people or property
near the line, but hitting a line may cause power outages,
surges, fires and other damage. Downed lines still conducting
electricity are especially dangerous. A tree with a potential
to fall into a utility line is a very serious situation.
Tree Hazard Check List:
Consider these questions:
assets to your home and community and deserve the best possible
care. If you answered "yes" to any of the questions
in the Tree Hazard Checklist, your tree should be examined by
there large dead branches in the tree?
there detached branches hanging in the tree?
the tree have cavities or rotten wood along the trunk or
in major branches?
mushrooms present at the base of the tree?
there cracks or splits in the trunk or where branches are
any branches fallen from the tree?
adjacent trees fallen over or died?
the trunk developed a strong lean?
many of the major branches arise from one point on the trunk?
the roosts been broken off, injured or damaged by lowering
the soil level, installing pavement, repairing sidewalks,
or digging trenches?
the site recently been changed by construction, raising
the soil level or installing lawns?
the leaves prematurely developed an unusual color or size?
trees in adjacent wooded areas been removed?
the tree been topped or otherwise heavily pruned?
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