When severe weather strikes, conduct a tree inspection

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. As the Panhandle received several storms over the last few months, the Nebraska Forest Service is reminding the public to not overlook tree inspections.

Do not approach downed power lines or attempt to work on trees in that area. Tree limbs can conduct electricity from live wires, causing serious injury or death. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

As cleanups progress, both damaged and undamaged trees should be inspected to ensure there are no additional risks to people or property.

For those completing their own inspections, first survey adjacent areas for downed power lines or damaged infrastructure.

Do not approach downed power lines or attempt to work on trees in that area.

Tree limbs can conduct electricity from live wires, causing serious injury or death.

After immediate threats are addressed, continue monitoring the tree’s health.

Hail damage can create a number of small wounds throughout the canopy.

A healthy tree will normally heal and protect itself from further problems.

Signs of stress in the tree are important to note and document.

These signs may be symptomatic to other complications such as pest and disease infestation or tree failure.