(WGEM) - With lightening and severe weather moving across the sky in the Tri-States, trees and limbs can fall, causing damage to your property.
Arborist and tree-trimmer Larry Brumbaugh says you can reduce the damage if you take action.
"You can reduce some of the storm damage if you have your trees thinned out," said Brumbaugh. "That lets the wind blow through the tree."
And with the dangers trees can pose in the spring with severe weather and high winds, it's no wonder many folks might want to get out in the yard and trim their trees. Brumbaugh says if you don't know what you're doing, you could be setting yourself up to get hurt or damage the tree in the process.
"You could get seriously damaged," said Brumbaugh. "Small pruning stuff like small ornamental trees I could see homeowners maybe doing that but anything of any significant size I would call a professional in."
On Wednesday, Keokuk firefighters responded to a small fire sparked by an arc from the power lines when a raw branch rubbed against a line coated with water, something it says happens all the time with trees in and near the power lines.
"After those trees have regrowth. After they've been trimmed after three to five years they get up into the power lines and then when the wind blows if they're wet or whatever, if they have foliage on them they're wet. And you can hear them arcing," said Brumbaugh.
Brumbaugh says you need special clearance to work in trees around power lines and that you should never try to trim a tree in or near the power lines. He says the utility companies have a right-of-way for the trees growing near their lines and are responsible for trimming those branches back. If you see limbs getting close to them, he says you should call your utility company to come take care of them.
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