To avoid a tree collapsing on your property, you want to be sure to have regular tree pruning scheduled. You also want to be sure that you remove dead or diseased trees right away. However, if it does so happen that a tree falls in your yard, here are four things you must do:
- Check on the Safety of Others: First off, you want to be sure that no one was injured by the collapsed tree. If someone was injured, obviously the main thing would be to call for emergency medical help. Keep in mind that you will also be responsible for that person's medical bills should they decide to sue if it wasn't someone who lives with you. You also want to be sure that the collapsed tree didn't do any damage to a neighbor's property. If it did, then you want to take this into account when you file your insurance claim.
- Check for Snags: Next, you want to be sure that the tree did not catch onto anything, especially utility lines. If this is the case, though, then do not approach the tree since it can be extremely dangerous if the electricity is still active. Instead, you will need to call in an electrician to take a look at it before you call in for tree services to remove the tree.
- Take Pictures: For insurance purposes, be sure that you take pictures of the damage. If you are unable to approach the tree because of electricity, be sure to zoom in the photos as best you can to show that this is the case, then take further pictures once an electrician deems it safe. Pictures will be able to provide evidence for your insurance company that the tree did, in fact, cause the damage that was done.
- Schedule Tree Removal: You will want to have the tree on your property removed right away and you want to schedule professionals to do this since this means that it will be done safely and with the best and fastest methods. Besides, your insurance company will want the professionals to handle it and will not honor your claim if the tree removal is done on your own and causes more damage.
With these four things done, you can handle the situation with ease so that you are both covered by insurance and everything else is handled safely without causing more harm. Contact a tree removal service for more information and assistance.