4 Tree Trimming Hazards to Avoid

July 14, 2020
July 14, 2020 Ryan McFadgen

4 Tree Trimming Hazards to Avoid

Do-it-yourself projects can be part of the fun of home ownership. You learn something new, you save a bit of money, and you feel the satisfaction of a job well done. But there are some cases in which DIY projects can be risky, not just financially but physically. When trimming trees, four main hazards pose a risk of injuries and even death.

Chainsaw mishaps. The fact that over 30,000 people are injured by chainsaw accidents each year is really all you need to know. If you haven’t received training on using a chainsaw correctly, and don’t own the right protective equipment, you’re taking a big risk any time you use one. Simple pruning is one thing, but leave the chainsaw work to experts.

Falling limbs or entire trees. Due to direction of tree growth, gravity, wind, slopes, nearby trees, or unseen damage inside a tree, things won’t always fall the way you imagine they will. Tree trimming or tree removal can become dangerous in an instant, with little to no warning.

Falls from trees or ladders. Any time you’re climbing a tree, a fall can result. The odds increase substantially once you add in heavy equipment, unstable ladders, and the bodily contortions often required to reach higher tree limbs. That’s why the pros typically use a bucket lift or at least professional grade climbing equipment.

Power lines. You might be surprised at the number of people who forget to check for power lines before trimming trees, or mistakenly assume a downed line isn’t “live”. Any time power lines are present in the vicinity of tree work that you need to perform, it’s time to call in the experts. If you see a downed power line call your electric service provider immediately, and stay away from it in the meantime.

Don’t risk your life over a trimming job or tree removal. Instead, give us a call and we’ll be happy to offer you an estimate on safe and professional services.

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