Tree safety a concern after 3-year old was hit with limb in Voluntown

VOLUNTOWN, Conn. (WTNH)–With all the storms we’ve had here in Connecticut, people have become concerned about trees falling on houses. But they may need to also be concerned about branches falling on them.

From trunk to tree top, arborist and certified tree care safety professional Steven David can spot signs of trouble.

David said that narrow crotches can be susceptible to splitting during high winds, and that rotten spots can also cause problems.

Tree dangers are of heightened concern in Voluntown after a three year old girl was struck in the head by a tree limb on Wylie School Road this weekend.

“That’s absolutely very sad, and it’s perhaps something that could have been prevented had the tree been inspected before it had children playing around it,” David said.

But it’s not always easy to tell if a tree is rotten. Limbs without leaves is one sign but David said there are others.

“Can a branch have buds on it and still be a danger? Absolutely,” he said.

News 8 caught up with Allied Tree Expert on a job in East Lyme where David saw other troubled trees he wasn’t hired to handle.

He said that if you have any concerns, you can call an arborist and there’s usually no charge for consultation.

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