Guide to Safe Tree Felling

Guide to Safe Tree Felling

( – Whether you’re cutting down a tree for land clearing or firewood, know that felling a tree is a dangerous task if you’re not properly trained. There are plenty of videos on YouTube of people attempting to fell trees, only to smash their houses, cars, or other important structures. The last thing you want to do is take out a power line or, worse yet, be injured by the falling tree.

First, you’re going to need the right tools to safely fell a tree. You’ll need a chainsaw with a cutting width at least two inches longer than the diameter of the tree you’re attempting to cut. For example, a 16-inch tree needs a chainsaw with at least an 18-inch bar.

Don’t forget your chaps, safety glasses, hard hat, gloves and hearing protection. Check for any hanging branches, or “widow makers.” Assure there are no vines that are going to tangle up your tree as it falls. Aim your timber in a safe direction away from houses, vehicles, people, pets and other trees.

If there are any trees you don’t feel comfortable with felling, don’t hesitate to call a professional. After all, you don’t want to end up like the people in those YouTube videos.

Felling any tree is a dangerous task that requires careful consideration before executing. But felling a leaning tree is even more dangerous and should be left to the professionals. There’s no shame in playing it safe. Your pride simply isn’t worth your life or the life of someone else.

Have you ever felled a tree on your own? Do you know anyone who has been hurt while trying to cut down a tree? Reply to your email and let us know, we would love to hear from you!

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