Tree hazards can be easily overlooked. Tree branches, for example, can weigh several hundred pounds and can cause extensive property damage and severe injury or even death if a branch falls and strikes someone. Leaves and nuts that fall from trees can create slip and fall hazards, and low-hanging branches can create climbing and falling hazards for young children.
An effective ground maintenance program can help control slip and fall hazards. The Agricultural Extension Service of the University of Tennessee provides the following recommendations for controlling tree hazards.
To control climbing hazards, eliminate branches that a child can reach. The American Society of Testing and Materials suggests that you remove branches and tree limbs that are within 7 feet of playground equipment, play surfaces, and the pivot point of swings. It’s good practice to apply these guidelines to all trees on your property.
Contact a tree removal specialist for assistance in removing any tree. Confirm they have proper insurance before hiring them.
The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.