Tree Care Tips From The Tree Feller
Few people realize how dangerous tree care work can be. According to the Society for Commercial Arboriculture, there is about a 1 in 120 chance that an arborist will be seriously injured or killed in any given year. That equates to a fatality rate. three times higher for arborists than for a police officer or firefighter.
Given these sobering numbers, we strongly recommend that you hire a certified tree service for more extensive tree care work. they work in the trees and will have a better understanding.
Here are some safety tips that can help protect you.
Read the manual – Whether you use pruning shears or a chainsaw, read the manual for this tool before using it. may reduce your risk of injury).
Wear protective clothing – Protective clothing is a must, especially when using a chainsaw. We recommend wearing a hard hat, safety goggles, leather gloves and hard-toed work boots. Pants or chaps are also a good idea to protect your legs.
Check work area for hazards – It is best to check the tree for hazards before beginning work on the tree. There may be loose branches ready to fall or hidden beehives. that could cause serious problems if disturbed. Take a minute or two to look around before you begin.
Never work on trees from a ladder – falls are the second largest injury category for professional arborists. Never work on trees from a ladder and never climb the tree to prune it. If you cannot cut your tree from the ground, it is best to hire an arborist to do the job.
Bad Weather – Most tree care companies don’t work in bad weather. Neither should you. Rain or wind create dangerous situations that can lead to injuries.
Don’t prune trees alone – Whenever possible, have an adult friend or family member accompany you when trimming trees. That way, if an accident happens and you need emergency medical care, help is available.
Clear the area – If branches, tree sections, or entire trees are dropped, they can fall to the ground, hitting anyone who didn’t clear the area and can cause serious injuries or death while working on trees. Make sure everyone keeps a safe distance from trees that are being trimmed or pruned.
Use extreme caution when removing storm debris – More people are seriously injured or killed cleaning up after a hurricane than the hurricane itself. Only tackle small clean-ups and leave big tasks like tree removal to arborists .
Stay away from overhead power lines – This might seem like an obvious recommendation, but every year both professional and amateur tree trimmers die when they come into contact with power lines. If you have trees that get too close to power lines, let a professional tree trimmer do the job.
Contact the utilities before you dig – If you’re digging a hole in your yard to plant a tree, or for any other reason, you have a legal obligation to contact the utilities. In Florida, it’s
easy. All you have to do is call one organization, Sunshine State One Call, at 800-432-4770 and they will put you in touch with the right utilities for you.
High winds from a hurricane can whip through a yard, causing a tree to be uprooted and crashed into a nearby home. Most people think that this is an unavoidable aspect of nature or simply an act of God. But not all tree falls are accidental. Although healthy trees can fail under severe conditions, many trees fail because a structural defect has first weakened them before the aggravating condition occurs.
The problem with dangerous trees
Dangerous trees have a high potential to uproot or snap and fall onto property, people or power lines. Although most tree failures are caused by storms or high winds, other conditions such as a shallow root system or restricted root or canopy growth can also be at the root of the problem.
Look Out for These Danger Tree Symptoms
Any tree that could potentially hit a major target if it fails should be inspected at least every three years. Even trees that appear healthy can be dangerous. However, if your trees are exhibiting any of these tell-tale symptoms, you should contact an arborist immediately for a detailed tree risk assessment.
- A tree with two main trunks.
- Cracks or voids.
- Rot or decomposition.
- Loose bark.
- Root rot is visible near the trunk. Mushrooms or other fungi in the soil around the tree.
- Indentations or swellings in the trunk of the tree
- Elevation of the ground next to the tree
- Nest holes or beehives.