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Tree Removal Safety Tips

Screen-shot-2016-02-25-at-3.41.46-PM-184x300Imagine cutting down a tree all on your own. You’ve got your equipment, your neighbor is over to help out, and you’re ready to go. However, it ends up being a painstaking process that takes hours to complete. You didn’t see the time commitment coming, but you’re near the finish line and you’re ready to watch it fall to its demise. The tree is on its last leg, and at any instant will fall into the area you planned, causing no damage. Perfect execution!

But then it looks like it’s going the opposite direction, toward your gracious neighbor’s home.

Uh oh.

The damage will be not only expensive, but stressful. And the worst part is, at this point, it’s too late. It is impossible to stop or change the direction of that tree.

This is only one of many examples that show why tree removal can be scary. Common techniques and practices lead to hundreds of injuries and deaths each year. When approaching a home project that involves intricacy and danger, the best option is always to hire a professional. Nevertheless, do your due diligence and research whatever project you are embarking on.

Survey your surroundings

Analyze the area around the tree. Are there multiple houses? Cars parked on the street? A busy intersection? Most importantly, are there power lines? Any power line within 10 feet of the tree must be removed. A licensed professional is required to remove those power lines before taking down the tree to ensure the safety of all those in the area.

Study the tree prior to removal

Some trees are big, some are small. Some have huge branches, some have small twigs. Each tree must be treated on a case by case basis, as each presents unique challenges. If you or someone else must climb the tree, check the branches to make sure they will support the weight of a person. You might be dealing with a larger than average tree that will need to be dismantled into smaller pieces. That means finding a designated or appropriate spot to do so.

Think like a meteorologist

No matter how much planning ahead you do, there is one variable that can ruin any day. Weather. It is very wise to keep an eye on the weather forecast in the days or weeks leading up to removing a tree. Obviously, there’s always a degree of uncertainty, but staying on top of the weather may save you from potential roadblocks in the future.

Use common sense

Safety gloves, safety goggles, harnesses, and hard hats for all involved in the removal process are essential to your safety. Any equipment, such as chainsaws and even commercial equipment like cranes and lifts, need to be regularly maintained and tested, prior to removal. The last thing you want is a malfunctioning chainsaw while hanging from a tree by a harness. While safety gear is crucial, awareness is parallel in importance. Pay careful attention to surroundings, people moving in and out of the area, and those helping in the removal itself.

I could preach on and on about every safety precaution that should be taken in the tree removal process. You might heed my warning, but some will undoubtedly ignore this advice altogether. So, I leave you with the final and most imperative guideline that will GUARANTEE your tree is safely taken to the ground:

Hire a professional tree removal service.

17 Comments

  1. Braden Bills on June 8, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    I’ve been wanting to remove the tree in my back yard. I didn’t realize that so much went into the preparation of the task! I’ll probably just hire a professional, because I’m afraid that I won’t do it correctly. Thanks for sharing!

  2. John Carston on June 14, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    I’ve already taken your advice and scanned the surroundings of the tree to see what needs to be done for the removal process. It appears I may be able to remove the tree myself but I still need to figure out what tools I’ll need to complete job. I may end up using a professional removal service but the info you’ve provided has been helpful.

  3. Annie Frances on June 16, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    There are several trees in my front lawn that I need removed. I think it’s a good idea to survey the area before making decisions. When I call a tree removal service, I’ll make sure they come over to look at the trees before they cut them down. Thanks for the help!

  4. Theodore Winston on June 17, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I really appreciate that you are sharing the tip to check your surroundings before trying to remove a tree. I’ve seen way too many videos of people dropping trees on their cars or houses because they tried to remove the tree themselves. I know that if I ever need a tree removed that I’m going to hire a professional that knows the proper practices of tree removal. Thanks for the safety tips!

  5. emily bennette on July 1, 2016 at 4:29 am

    This si some really good information about how to remove trees without getting hurt. I like what you said about studying the tree before you start removing it. I have a dead tree in my yard and it seems like it would be smart to see if is leaning in one certain direction. I might just have to have a professional do it for me.

  6. judy wilson on July 1, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    The story that you posted about cutting down a tree that accidentally goes in the wrong direction seems like a good example of why it’s best to hire a tree service. An arbor would have the training and the tools that are necessary to make sure that a tree falls without causing any accidents. Hiring a professional is something that I should be concerned about since the tree that I need to have removed is right next to my house. It’s important to me that removing it won’t damage my home, so I feel that calling a professional will be necessary for keeping my family safe.

  7. Lauren Woodley on July 7, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    I really like the suggestions you gave to survey the surroundings and study the tree. I think when you do your own evaluation before removal, you’ll be able to not only assess the situation, but you’ll be able to determine what kind of help you’ll need. Tree removal takes skill and large equipment, so understanding what it’s going to take to get the tree down will help you to understand if you should hire a professional or not. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Kendall Everett on July 7, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    It’s interesting that you point out how you should study the tree before doing anything. If you can get an idea of what may need to be done, that will help you and those you hire. It may also help to establish a plan before you begin so you avoid any accidents.

  9. Marie Watson on July 8, 2016 at 2:54 am

    Thanks for recommending some safety tips for removing trees from your yard. It makes sense that you would want to make sure you have properly assessed the damage of the tree and the land around it. It makes sense that you would want to anticipate the kind of damage it might cause if kept in place. I would think that it is important to make sure you speak with a professional who has the experience and authority to safely remove trees.

  10. Sarah Anderson on July 8, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Indeed, you need to see what is around the tree so you know what you are putting to risk. With that in mind you can start finding ways to minimize those risks. The power line law sounds smart, and I am glad they do it.

  11. Kody Loveless on July 8, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    I I have a large tree that is growing up around some power lines. My neighbor has told me he can do it himself. I really do not want him to hurt himself or anyone elsI have a large tree that is growing up around some power lines. My neighbor has told me he can do it himself. I really do not want him to hurt himself or anyone else. I think I will just call a pro who can take those power lines down while they do the tree. e. I think I will just call a pro who can take those power lines down while they do the tree.

  12. Justin Knox on July 12, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Thank you for the information. I have a tree in my yard that is going to need to be removed soon. I know the surroundings are crucial, as you mentioned. It is getting too close to the house. Should I have a professional tree service remove it for me?

  13. Charles Kemp on July 12, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I think it would be nice to survey your surroundings like you mentioned. I think knowing where all the hazards are would help keep people from getting hurt and it would keep the workers from causing all sorts of damages. I also like that you said to use common sense.

  14. Kenneth Gladman on August 1, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    I didn’t realize that any powerline within 10 feet of a tree needs to be removed. I have a neighbor that had a limb fall on his car last year. I think it is important to maintain your yard and trees for safety reasons alone.

  15. Jack Mulligan on August 4, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    I like your tip to keep your eye on the weather when taking a tree down. I wouldn’t want any risk of lightning strike or rain getting in the way. I think I would just hire a professional so they can worry about that for me!

  16. Justin Knox on August 5, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you for the help. I have a tree that is growing dangerously close to my house. I think it needs to be removed. I think it would be very wise for me to hire a professional removal service, as you suggested. What should I be looking for in a reliable tree service?

  17. Kenneth Gladman on August 16, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    You make a good point about checking the weather for any possible hazards. If it is going to rain or is extremely windy I would probably choose another day. Removing a tree is dangerous enough as it is, you don’t need to add unnecessary risks.

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