Four Steps To Take If A Tree Has Fallen In Your Yard

If a tree has fallen in your yard, you may be wondering what to do next. Obviously, the first thing to do would be to ensure that no one was injured and that no property was damaged. Assuming that it true, you will want to follow these next four steps:

Check For Damaged Electrical Lines

If the tree fell and snagged an electrical wire hanging overhead, then do not go near the tree. Chances are, the electricity is still active and can do serious harm to you if you approach it. The best thing to do at this point is to call an electrician to address the issue before you move forward with the other steps. 

Take Pictures

If you are dealing with a snagged electrical wire, you should take pictures from afar and then take more up close pictures once you are able to approach the fallen tree. Just keep in mind that this is only necessary if you are going to file an insurance claim because of damage that was done or if you damage to someone else's property has been done just to ensure that the stories about the situation lineup with the photographic evidence. 

Hire Professional Tree Removal

Once you are ready to have the tree removed, you want to hire a professional tree removal company. The reason you don't want to do this yourself is that there may be more extensive damage that you can't see before it's removed. Professionals will know how to handle this safely and without causing further damage. You also don't want to delay in getting this done and should call as soon as the pictures are taken to ensure that you know if further damages were done that you will need to take care of right away. 

Check Other Trees

If you have other trees on the property, you want to check that they too do not have a chance of collapsing in the near future either. Most likely, the professionals who removed the tree will be able to tell you why the tree fell in the first place. If it was because of disease, you want to check that it has not spread to the other trees on your property. 

Following these four steps after a tree has fallen on your property is the best way to ensure that you are going to take care of it properly without causing more possible problems. For more information, contact a tree service in your area.