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Basic Safety Guidelines For Cutting Down Trees

Tree cutting, also known as tree felling, is an extremely dangerous job. When trees are cut down, they fall with such a strong force that they can uproot or smash other neighboring trees. Even worse, each year people die from tree-related accidents. If you're thinking about cutting down some trees on your property, here are a few basic safety guidelines.

Wear Protective Clothing

  • Thick gloves—Wear thick gloves to protect your hands from insects, bruises, cuts or plant infections. The thicker your gloves are, the better grip you'll have when scaling a tree.
  • Goggles—Wear goggles or safety glasses to protect your eyes from debris from limbs. You'll also need to have good vision, so you don't have accidents.
  • Helmets—Helmets and face shields not only shield you from debris from a falling tree, but they can also help protect your head if you fall. Be sure your helmet can protect you from electricity.
  • Leather chaps or cut-resistant pants—Your chaps should help protect you if your chainsaw gets too close to your legs.

 Consider Factors Affecting Felling

  • Weather—The direction and strength of the wind can affect how you cut a tree. Cutting trees can be especially dangerous when the direction of the wind runs opposite to the felling direction.  Snow and precipitation can also affect felling  
  • The slope of the ground—In most cases, trees on steep slopes shouldn't be cut directly down the slope. Instead, they should be felled crosswise, along the shape of the tree.

Examine the Tree

  • Check to see if the tree has any decay, cracks or other types of damage.
  • Inspect the tree for any fractured or dry branches that can fall from it or from nearby trees.
  • Determine the direction that the tree leans—Trees should usually be cut in the direction in which they lean. 

Additional Considerations and Warnings

  • Be sure your undercut is big enough or roughly 1/3 of the tree's diameter. Besides safely guiding the tree, you want to lower the odds of the tree splitting. 
  • Before you cut, be sure no one is within at least twice the length of the tree's height.
  • Cut a tree in the direction of canopy gaps, so there's less damage to nearby standing trees.
  • Dying or dead trees are harder to cut using power tools. That's why it's best to remove them using a crane.
  • As soon as you note signs of rotting in a tree, have it removed instead of waiting until it's dead.

Finally, take good care of your body by staying physically fit, eating nutritionally and getting enough sleep. Because tree felling can be considerably draining, you need to be in top physical shape to avoid accidents.To be safe, give the job to a qualified tree cutter such as Weber Tree Inc. These professionals are both experienced and specially trained to safely remove your trees.