Safety Tips for Cutting Down a Tree the Right Way

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Taking down a tree is serious business. There are a lot of safety issues to consider before you even begin. Before you decide if you are going to cut the tree down yourself or if you are going to hire a professional to do it there are a number of things you should take into account. The size of the tree is one thing to look at. Very large trees are better left to professionals. They have the right equipment to get to the top of the trees and safely remove them. If there are power lines around your tree then you definitely shouldn’t take the tree down yourself. There are just too many potential hazards for an untrained pro to handle. Once you have determined the riskiness of the removal, if you have decided to do it yourself start by getting the right safety equipment. Then you need to determine how you are going to take the tree down. If you are going to let it fall, you need to estimate the felling zone. Trees generally take up more space when they fall then you expect them to. In the article below you can get the info on how to determine this zone. Once the zone is determined, you need to make sure it is clear of all objects  that the tree could hit. Even once the tree is down, there are a number of safety issues and procedures to consider. Cutting down a tree is not something you just figure out on your own the first time. Make sure you always have someone around, even if they aren’t a pro, that knows what they’re doing and can guide you to be safe.

Wear the Right Safety Gear. Safety isn’t a throwaway word when it comes to felling trees and running chain saws. You must take it seriously. There are a few absolutely essential safety gear items you need to wear for any chain saw work:

– A logger’s helmet to protect you from falling branches, a major cause of logging injuries.

– Earmuffs and a face screen protect your ears and eyes.

– Safety glasses to keep the dust out.

– Kevlar chaps, which will stop a chain instantly should you happen to drop the bar against your leg.

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