Trees and Power Lines SAFETY

Learn how to stay safe around trees and power lines, and how to make sure any tree you plant is a SafeTree.

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Remain in The Moment

Be Fully Present With Task At Hand

Extreme caution should always be exercised when cutting around any electrical source.

(We suggest that your first option is to contact your utility company and report your issue.)

Always inspect the interior of all poles for condensation prior to use! Pole interiors must be completely dry!

Obey ALL warning labels on the equipment. They are there for a reason!

Users are advised to wear the proper safety and protective gear used in the arborist industry.

  1. Before you start we suggest that you do some warm up exercises, i.e; neck rolls, roll and lift shoulders, and some deep knee bends.
  2. Please be mindful of GETTING IN SOME REST along the way. It's wise to consider the size of the job and effort required, perhaps consider spreading it out over some time.
  3. Use Caution Not To Hyper-extend your body while using a pole saw. It may cause stress on your abdominal muscles which if severe, can result in dizziness or nausea.
  4. When cutting thicker tree limbs, make a triangular (wedge) cut, so that your blade does not get jammed inside of the wood.
  5. Using a pole saw is inherently hazardous. Potential injuries can be eliminated or minimized by utilizing proper personal protective equipment and the safe operating procedures outlined in the provided instructions.
  6. Personal protective equipment must be worn.
  9. Clear away dirt, debris, small tree limbs and rocks from your path prior to trimming
  10. Do not start cutting trees or limbs until you have a clear work area, secure footing, and a planned retreat.
  11. Look for nails, spikes or other metal in the tree before cutting.
  12. Keep both hands on the saw poles and maintain secure footing while operating the saw.
  13. Stand at a 45-degree angle to the position where your pole saw is cutting a limb wherever/whenever possible. This gives you a sufficient amount of room to get out of the way as the limb falls to the ground.
  14. Remember, things look smaller than they really are, and drop extremely fast!
  15. If you're positioned on a roof, always be mindful of your footing. Never get too close to the edge. Be sure that the roof is clear and stays clear of all debris to prevent tripping /slipping.
  16. Know your limits! Some limbs are simply too long to do all at once. Start near the ending of the limb and cut it in segments.
  17. Trim down towards the collar making cuts of reasonable size until you are finished removing the entire limb where it meets the tree.
  18. Keep by-standers and animals out of the work area.
  19. Remember, there is no substitute for good judgment.

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