4 Tree Removal Safety Tips
If your tree is diseased, dying, or struggling with other issues, you may decide to cut it down. Hiring a tree removal service can help you do this. Otherwise, it's important to take the following steps to ensure that everyone is safe while removing the tree:
One of the most dangerous things that needs to be watched for when removing a tree are power lines. If you or the tree touches it while you're working, you could end up getting electrocuted, which will either injure or kill you. If your tree is within 10 feet of a power line, it would be best to leave the job to a professional. There should be at least 2 people there to communicate with one another throughout the process. It would also be wise to contact the utility company to ask about getting the power lines de-energized and stabilized while working on it. You could also have a shield put on the power line to protect you.
You've probably heard that you shouldn't hide under a tree in a lightning storm. Why is this? Because lightning could hit the tree and electrocute you. Can you imagine what would happen to you if you were in the tree or standing on a metal ladder next to it? Could you image what would happen if you were holding a chainsaw? Bottom line is this: check the weather before starting to remove the tree. If there are dangerous weather conditions expected, it would be best to wait until another time do remove the tree.
Start by wearing the proper safety equipment. You should have a hardhat, safety glasses, and gloves to wear while you're in action. If you plan on removing tree limbs before removing the tree, make sure that you use a stable ladder. Have someone hold onto the ladder to support it for you. If you plan on climbing into the tree to reach the limb, make sure that the limbs you stand on are strong and stable. Use the proper equipment to protect yourself from falling.
Tree removal can be a dangerous process when you don't know what you're doing or have the right tools to complete the job. If you're unsure about what you're doing, don't try to do it on your own. Contact a professional who can help you remove the tree safely, so you can prevent damage to yourself and your property.