Monday, November 25, 2013

Storm Safety Part 2: After the Storm

After the Storm: Tips for Safe Storm Cleanup and Repair

With the effects of Sandy still with much of the east coast, and additional storms threatening, it is vital that people take the proper precautions to stay safe during storm cleanup.  Statistics show that often more people are injured after the storm conducting cleanup than in the actual storm itself.  “People think that after the storm has passed the danger is over, but an alarming number of people are injured each year during cleanup.”-Mark Chisholm, certified arborist with Aspen Tree Expert Company in Jackson, NJ.
 
In order to help you reduce the risk of injury during cleanup and repair we have listed a few quick tips to keep in mind:

Carefully assess any damage.
1.  Do not try to do it all yourself. Consult a professional if any of the below situations apply:
  • Large limbs are broken or hanging or overhead chain saw work is needed.
  • If a tree is uprooted or downed, it can create an unnatural pattern of pressure points and tension. A chain saw operator may be in severe danger if attempting to cut a tensioned limb or trunk (called a “springpole”) – it may have an extremely violent, catapult-like reaction.
  •  If branches are too close or touching utility lines, report immediately to your local utility company. NEVER attempt to move downed utility lines.
  • Any task you have not been properly trained to handle or are uncomfortable undertaking.
Always wear protective apparel.

 2. Take safety precautions.

  •  Be on the alert. Look up and down. Stay away from downed utility lines and hanging branches. Broken tree limbs may still be lodged in trees, but can easily fall.
  •  Always read, understand and follow the directions in the manufacturer’s instruction manual when operating any outdoor power tool. You can find manuals for STIHL equipment here.
 3. Assess tree damage. 

 Evaluate your trees carefully by asking the following:  
  •  Other than storm damage, is the tree basically healthy?
  •  Are major limbs and/or the leader branch still remaining?
  •  Is at least 50 percent of the tree’s crown still intact?
  •  Are there remaining branches that can form a new branch structure?
  If you answer “yes” to the majority of these questions, there is a good chance the tree can be saved. When in doubt, consult a professional.

 4. Take steps to repair minor damage and clear debris.
  • Remove any broken branches or stubs still attached to the tree.
  • Remove jagged remains of limbs to reduce the risk of decay agents entering the wound.
  • Smaller branches should be pruned at the point where they join larger ones.
  • Resist the urge to over-prune. Don’t worry if the tree’s appearance is not perfect.


6 comments:

  1. Great share for safety during clean up after storms have passed <|;-)

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  3. Great artucle. Thanks for the refresher.

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  4. your equipment is excellent good quality and a pleasure to use

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  5. Followed link from e-mail. Thank you for the tips. Always a great read. Shows you care about your customers using your product.

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  6. Since you mentioned getting rid of debris, you might want to hire some drain cleaners while you're at it. I've seen how much leaves and small twigs can clog up the plumbing.

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