Safety is a big concern when dealing with storm cleanup, especially in freezing cold temperatures.

After a storm, first assess the situation. Are broken tree limbs located near power lines or lying on your home? If so, these should be dealt with by professionals. Experts should also handle any hanging branches and split limbs not reachable on foot. Stay away from debris tangled in power lines and notify your utility company right away.

If your trees have only weathered minor damage, the winter pruning tips offered in this article from the Department of Natural Resources can help ensure the health of your trees.