Be Safe, Not Sorry! Tree Felling Safety Tips

It’s always better to be safe than sorry, my mother always told me. That’s one of those rules that can apply to anything, from wearing your seatbelt to wearing your sun lotion, and it can also apply to tree cutting. You should always start by examining the area, firstly by checking for any electrical hazards. For example, what if there are electrical wires running through parts of the branches? In that scenario, where pole to pole wires run through the branches, then it’s always best to contact your local electrical company to remove the branches by the wires; much safer than trying to do it yourself! Alternatively, the electrical company may choose to just disconnect the line on the day you, or professionals, are removing your tree.

Secondly, you’ll need to decide how exactly you want the job to be done, and what equipment will be needed. Not only that, but you’ll need to establish how many hands you’ll need to complete the job safely, efficiently and to perfection. Today we’re going to discuss the safety precautions if you’re doing the job yourself.

Now if you’re looking to do the job yourself, make sure to consider a few things. Some cities require a tree removal permit, so make sure to check that out because if you remove your tree and it turns out a permit was required, you’re going to be looking at a hefty fine. In the next stage of planning, you’ll need to decide the fall direction and the escape path. Both should be free from obstacles and you’ll need to assess whether there are any safety risks before you go ahead. It’s very easy to underestimate how much falling space is required, and you don’t want the tree to squish your beloved BBQ or tool shed! There’s an good old trick to consider that will give you an accurate idea of how much space you need. Grab an axe handle and hold it out at arms length. Next, close one eye, and slowly move back until the top of the handle is in line with treetop and the bottom is in line with the base.

You’ll need to be safe, and so wearing the correct safety garments and checking your equipment beforehand is a must. More than likely you’ll be using a chainsaw; check the blade thoroughly for nicks and dullness before use and have a read over the safety manual, no matter how confident you are with the equipment. If you’re unsure, there are plenty of videos online with step-by-step guides to sharpening chainsaws. In regards to safety gear, you’re going to want a loggers helmet to protect you from falling branches, alongside earmuffs and safety glasses to protect your face. Another great idea would be to invest in some chaps, as these block a chainsaw blade if it happens to slip.

So that’s about it for the safety required when going it alone, but always remember: if in doubt, hire a professional, like Tree Services Las Vegas!
 

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