Benefits of Being Tree Storm Ready

During thunderstorms it is important to protect your family and property from major storm potential harmful impacts, so know the Benefits of Being Tree Storm Ready.

  • Damaging winds which can bring down trees, branches, power lines, remove roofs and blow around outdoor items, for example outdoor furniture and trampolines
  • Hail which can injure people and damage property
  • Lightening which can down trees, power lines and other structures
  • Heavy rainfall which can cause water to damage exposed homes, belongings and roadways, making drains, and other water courses a dangerous

What should I do after a storm?

  • Stay clear and look for dangerous hanging limbs, downed utility lines, broken branches and other failures before starting cleanup.
  • Keep other people away from areas beneath and around damaged trees by cordoning off the area with caution tape, rope and/or traffic cones.
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How do I know my tree is vulnerable?

Look for these tell-tale signs:

  • There are large dead branches in the tree.
  • There are mushrooms growing around the trunk or roots.
  • There are large cavities or holes in the trunk or main branches.
  • Leaves are dropping in the summertime.

Neighbourly Responsibilities

It is a good idea to consult with your neighbours before planting large trees, particularly near the fence line.

Cooperation between garden owners can be mutually beneficial in terms of shade, produce and privacy. When choosing large trees you must consider your neighbours.

Damaged trees often are tangled with overhead or down utility lines, creating a dangerous situation. Under no circumstances should you remove limbs that have electrical lines running through them.

Treat all lines as if they were live; do not touch or approach them. Alert your electricity provider immediately to the danger, and allow these experts to assess the danger. Special training is required to prune branches near power lines.

Plan ahead

  • Develop a storm emergency plan.
  • Get your emergency kit ready.
  • Trim or remove trees and branches overhanging your home or powerlines on your property.

When a storm is coming

  • Bring children and pets indoors.
  • Check that neighbours know about any warnings and are prepared.
  • Move outdoor furniture or toys to a secure place.
  • Tie down loose items such as trampolines.

Characteristics that increase a tree’s susceptibility to storm damage :

  • Included bark where large stems meet
  • Rot in the roots, stem or branches
  • Lopsided tree tops
  • Trees with numerous small branches and twigs that create a sail effect
  • Mechanical damage and poor maintenance (soil compaction, damaged tree)

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