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28 June,2022

Are Trees Dangerous to Kids & Pets?

Are Trees Dangerous to Kids & Pets?

There's no denying that trees are an excellent addition to any landscape. They enhance the aesthetics of your yard, provide shade, and prevent soil erosion, among many more incredible advantages. However, it is crucial for homeowners to be aware of the potential threat trees pose to children and pets. The last thing you want is to come home to an injured child as they were playing in the backyard. We recommend scheduling routine maintenance checks with a reputable tree care company to maintain healthy and safe trees. If a tree is severely damaged, tree experts are equipped with the latest tools and equipment to conduct a safe tree removal project without damaging existing structures and utility lines. Here are some risks a tree poses to children and pets and how to steer clear of them.

Climbing and Falling

Children are naturally curious and adventurous and will often attempt risky stunts like climbing trees. Children lack the proper training to climb a tree safely and often risk falling and injuring themselves. Aside from accidental falls, trees record over one hundred deaths annually due to on-the-job accidents, with children among the victims. Those who survive end up with bruises, broken bones, bumps, and concussions, among other serious injuries. It is advisable to discourage children from climbing trees for safety purposes and prevent damage to the branches and bark.

Broken Branches and Other Debris

If you live in an area that experiences severe weather conditions like strong winds, it is advisable to look out for falling branches or even the fall of entire trees. Do not let your children or pets play outside during high winds, snowstorms, rainy weather, or heat waves. Both scenarios are incredibly dangerous to human beings and our furry friends, and you should avoid going outside when the weather is not friendly. The most effective way of guaranteeing the safety of your loved ones and property is to hire a tree care expert for regular inspection and maintenance.

Insect & Pest

Trees are preferred hosts by many insects and pests, whether in a healthy condition or an old stump. Children and pets can get hurt by insect bites and stings, resulting in a life-threatening allergic reaction. Even though a sting or bite doesn't end up in the emergency room, at the very least, a wasp sting or ant bite is very painful. If you suspect your trees are hosts to pests and insects, check for visible signs like damage to the bark and leaves or an actual nest.

Mushrooms

While trees pose serious safety risks, the most serious risk comes from a toxic mushroom that grows near trees. These mushrooms are not conducive for consumption and are often confused with the safe, edible ones. The tree's base is usually moist and shaded, creating the perfect conditions for fungal growth. If you detect a mushroom-like growth near your trees, you need to hire a tree care company for maintenance to prevent further damage to the tree and the risk of children eating them.

Do you need help with your trees? Contact us at Southern Star Tree and schedule a consultation with our tree care experts. We can help you maintain a safe and lush backyard, guaranteed to enhance the safety and value of your property.

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