Tree trimming has never been easy. Sadly, most DIYers make mistakes that compromise their safety. And since you'll be climbing trees and trimming trees that are close to power lines, you should follow the safety tips listed below.
Trim Your Trees During Calm Weather
Selecting a day with perfect weather for tree trimming or pruning is vital. Early winter or late fall is a suitable time to prune your trees. You can see the tree's structure during this time because the branches are left bare. On the other hand, you shouldn't work on your trees if the weather looks dull, wet, icy, stormy, or windy. These conditions aren't ideal when trimming tall trees. You should avoid weather-related dangers by checking the weather forecast.
Use Protective Gear
You should protect your hands by wearing leather gloves when using a trimmer or chainsaw. In addition, wear a protective helmet to protect your head, safety glasses to protect your eyes, and ear protection to protect your ears from the noise. If you are working near an electrical wire, wear non-conductive fitting clothing to keep you safe. Remember to save your legs by wearing shoes that have slip-resistant soles.
Get Proper Training Before You Embark on the Task
Before attempting any tree-trimming project, ensure that you are well-trained to use a chainsaw and other tools required for the task. Also, receive training on how to climb a tree. Don't climb a tree if you are tired or using drugs like alcohol.
Ensure That Your Tools Are in Good Working Condition
Before you begin the task, you should inspect your tree-trimming tools just to be sure they are in good condition. For instance, check your climbing ropes, ladder, and hatchets to see if they are good or in need of repairs. It's best to have a partner who will pass the equipment to you rather than climbing with tools in your hands.
Always Put Conductive Tools Away From the Power Line
Ladders, pole trimmers, and other tree-trimming tools can conduct electricity if they come into contact with overhead power lines. To be safe, assume all power lines are energized and keep conductive tools away from the power lines. Also, avoid electrocution when moving electric equipment around these powerlines.
Thoroughly Inspect the Tree Before Climbing
Before trimming, you must inspect the tree for potential hazards like dead or broken limbs and get rid of them. You shouldn't rely on dead or weak branches for support. Otherwise, you might end up falling and injuring yourself.
Contact a local residential tree care service to learn more.