How to Fell a Tree to Prevent Storm Damage

10/25/2012 11:39:31 AM

Always wear heavy work gloves, a full face shield and ear protection when operating a chain saw. Be aware of your surroundings and know who is in the vicinity of the work area. Steel-toed boots are recommended, as well. Felling a tree is inherently dangerous. If the tree is too big or too close to surrounding objects, or if you feel at all uncomfortable with the process, hire a professional tree service to do the job.

Wear gloves, a face shield and ear protection.

Step 1: Take safety steps.

Before felling a tree, take safety precautions. Always wear heavy work gloves, a full face shield and ear protection. Have a partner on-hand to assist with the project. You should never fell a tree alone.

Use shears or loppers to clear the work area.

Step 2: Clear away the work area.

Take the time to clear the work area, which can mean using shears or loppers to remove tangled brush surrounding the tree that you plan to fell. You want to create an open and safe area in which to work.

The red arrow is the direction the tree will fall. The green arrow is the escape route.

Step 3: Plan the fall direction and escape route.

Determine the direction you want the tree to fall, which should always be away from structures and other trees. Choose a direction that will have the tree fall into an unobstructed clearing. Plan an escape route for yourself to keep from being injured when the tree falls. The escape route should be 45 degrees from the direction in which the tree will fall. Never plan an escape route directly behind the tree as the tree can kick back and cause serious injury.

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