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Thunderstorms and Lightning

Trees and Storms: A Recipe for Hazards
by Mark Chisholm

When a powerful storm rolls through, trees are often left in shambles. To assess and remedy the damage, identifying key threats is important. While some storms may cause damage that a rake and blower can fix, others may make an area unsafe to even stand in. Here are a few tips to help you to remain safe after a storm.

One of the biggest threats to your safety is downed utility lines. When professionals arrive at a scene where severe tree-damage has occurred, the first course of action is to locate all utility lines present. While an electrical conductor lying on the ground may appear harmless, it should never be considered as such. Any professional trained to work in proximity to electrical hazards will tell you, they are all “hot” unless tested and grounded! Do not touch it—no matter what!
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Check out the below articles from the International Society of Arboriculture to learn more about storm safety and how you can better prepare your trees for storms and hurricanes.

Storms and Disasters
Seasonal General

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