Tree Service Advises Trimming Before Strong Winds to Prevent Damage
As temperatures fluctuate from hot to cold, winds can pick up speed and cause major property damage by knocking down trees.
How can some of that damage be prevented? Erie News Now reached out to Miller's Professional Tree Service for tips.
Foreman Mike Myers suggests keeping trees trimmed to allow the wind to pass through easily. Thicker canopies can act as parachutes and uproot an entire tree after a strong gust of wind.
Myers says there are warning signs of weak branches to keep an eye out for, "Just go ahead and take a look at your tree and see if there's any branches that are broke or cracked. Be aware of noises—creaking."
Branches hanging near or on power lines can cause outages if they break and fall, but when it comes to trimming trees, Myers says it's better to leave it to the professionals. "If you have any questions, call one of the trained professionals and we'll come out and take a look for you," he said.
This year alone, there have been over 100 tree care-related deaths.