8News Anchor Amy Lacey talks with Mr. Swenson about tree removal safety during snowy conditions, watch her report on 8News at 5.
Richmond, VA—When winter weather hits central Virginia, various companies and organizations gear up to help citizens stay safe. The owner of a local tree removal company explains why trees burdened with snow are dangerous, and how his company helps area residents avoid accidents.
Tree limbs, branches and leaves can become extremely heavy when wet snow falls on them; they can fall down at a moment's notice and cause damage to homes, cars and even people.
Evergreens are especially vulnerable to damage from weighty snow.
"Your evergreens are more susceptible to damage, such as your pines, cedars; holly's leaves are still full all year round and they collect that snow and makes it heavy and eventually tears them all off," explains Jamie Swenson, a tree removal professional.
Homeowners should spend the days leading up to potential snow fall to do a complete walk thorough of their properties, to check for trees that might snap under the pressure of heavy snow.
Swenson recommends calling utilities now to remove limbs hanging over power lines, before the snow moves in.
Another danger: rotten trees. "Your rotten trees are going to come down a lot too because they absorb moisture and with a little bit of wind and heavy snow they're going to come down," says Swenson.
Stay with 8News for the very latest on potential snowfall this week...check our forecast here.
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