JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- As storm season approaches local experts say old decaying trees could be an accident, or even a tragedy, waiting to happen.
In Arlington, old laurel oak trees surround many homes on Moravan Avenue. One of those homes belongs to Angelica Stick who has lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years.
"Some of them are just hanging out waiting to fall," said Stick, homeowner.
Falling trees are not uncommon on Stick's property who has already removed more than ten.
"We've had a tree fall in our backyard, in our neighbors backyard. We've had a tree fall that way into the lady's roof next door," said Stick.
Certified arborist, Keith McCammon, says many people don't even know they have dead trees on their property until it's too late.
"A lot people in their day to day activities, coming and going from their house, they don't look up at the trees," said Keith McCammon, Arbor Pro Tree Services.
He says all it takes is a storm with heavy rain and strong winds for a tree to topple over but there are warning signs you can look out for.
"You want to look for signs of decay, rotten wood, bark falling off, discolored wood under where the bark used to be, large dead limbs," said McCammon.
According to Stick the best way to keep your home safe is to just be proactive.
"Look a little harder, we think about it hitting our home because it could do a lot of damage," said Stick.
According to McCammon, depending on the size and location of the tree, removing it could cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand.