Tree trimming or tree pruning can be a challenging and risky activity. Most homeowners don’t have the needed background skills like tree climbing and pruning to do this, so tree trimming safety tips might be helpful.
1. Read the Instructions
Learning about the tree trimming equipment is the first and most fundamental step. You should be able to find all the information you want, including detailed descriptions of the tool’s technical specifications, usage instructions, and precautions for using the tool safely in the user manual.
Before using a chain saw or pole saw, be sure you have read and understand any safety instructions and labels, whether printed on the saw’s packaging, the guide itself, or somewhere else.
2. Wear the Appropriate Gear
Leather lineman’s gloves, comfortable eye protection, a hard helmet, and ear protection are all necessary for safely using a trimmer or chainsaw. Wearing shoes with a heel and soles that are resistant to sliding may help lessen the likelihood of a slip and fall. Use close-fitting, long-sleeved apparel and a non-conductive hard cap to prune a tree near an electrical line.
3. Choose the Ideal Conditions
Pruning and trimming trees is best done on a day with favorable weather. Deciduous trees are best pruned in the late autumn or early winter when their leaves have fallen. When branches are barren and the tree’s structure is exposed, the added visibility makes it easier to work safely.
4. Be Sure the Tree Is Safe Before Climbing
Identify any branches that seem like they could easily break and cut them off. Never lean on a branch that is dead, brittle, or split. It is important to climb carefully, taking just one-step at a time with your hands or feet on different branches. An aerial lift may be required if the tree presents too much risk for safe climbing.
5. Clear The Space Below
With a 50-foot-diameter perimeter around the tree, keep people out unless they are specifically there to help with the task. You should not use the pole saw if there are onlookers, especially youngsters or dogs.
6. Get the Proper Equipment
Take care in selecting appropriate equipment. Go through everything you will need to do to complete the job, and make sure you have the correct equipment before you start.
7. Verify That All Of Your Equipment Is In Good Condition
You must carefully examine the quality of all of your tree trimming equipment, including your saws, harnesses, ladder, climbing ropes, and locks. Check and sharpen your tools as required to keep them in good working order and prevent accidents.
8. Collaborate With Assistants
It’s ideal to work with a friend who can remain on the ground while you climb a tree if you need to do any tree pruning. Working within 10 feet of electrical lines necessitates the presence of a partner. Better yet, given the added danger of electrical lines, you should call a tree trimming specialist with experience working around power lines.
9. Never Cut Above You
Even if you are an expert with a pole saw, you should not cut branches straight above. If you make a mistake, you might be crushed or lose your balance if a tree limb hits you. Keep your hands and feet away from the branches you are trimming.
10. Find A Space To Work
By clearly delineating your work area and assisting in the safety of yourself, your co-workers, and bystanders. Be sure to take additional precautions if the tree you are pruning will be in the way of traffic by using highly visible attire and deciding whether to set up cones and signage.
11. Pay Attention to Power Lines
Electrical current may be conducted via pole trimmers, ladders, and other trimming instruments if they touch live electrical wires or power lines. Accidental contact with an electrical line poses a risk of catastrophic injury or death.
12. Call the Experts at Sam’s Tree Service
Tree maintenance, such as tree trimming and pruning, is difficult work. It is difficult and quite dangerous. Working with chain saws, pole saws, trimmers and pruners is never without risk. You should be careful and take all necessary safety measures if you are looking forward to pruning a tree.
Accidents and injuries of varying severity are possible if you are not careful and do not practice safety precautions. Taking precautions to keep yourself and others safe can help you do the tree-pruning job faster. In addition to ensuring your safety and the safety of your co-workers, you must adhere to the above tree trimming safety tips for the sake of everyone in the immediate area.
When you review the skills, equipment, training and potential risks of trying to trim or prune trees, it’s easy to see why it makes sense to call professionals. Call Sam’s Tree Service at (707) 293-6930 to get a free estimate and possibly save you and your property from harm!