Does your home or business have a large tree or bush that needs to be pruned? Most people will find themselves in a situation at least once every couple of years when an overgrown shrub or tree may need to be trimmed for safety and aesthetic purposes. Most people aren't aware of the many hidden dangers than can accompany this simple task.
Tools- Always check for dull blades. An unsharpened clippers or saw is more likely to cause an injury due to the excessive force that needs to be applied when operating. There is an increased chance the tool will slip off the cutting surface or the tool could be damaged from using excessive force. Remember to turn off power tools when not in use. Sharp tools should be stored in a safe place out of the reach of children.
Protective gear- You should always were safety glasses and gloves when pruning. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, hard hats, and steel-toed shoes are recommended for larger jobs with risks of falling limbs or being cut by sharp thorns. A dust mask may be necessary to prevent sawdust from being inhaled.
Surroundings- Check bushes or trees for poisonous foliage like poison oak and dangerous insects such as bee’s nest before you begin working. Never turn your back to a falling tree and be on the alert for flying debris. Always be aware of the people and property in your work area. If a falling branch or tree might put a house or fence at risk it is best to call a professional.
Climbing- If you need to climb a tree to get to a specific branch begin by checking the strength and stability of any limbs that will be supporting your weight. Make sure to use appropriate fall protection and never climb with tools in your hands.
Electrical lines- Never trim branches near a power line! Always assume that any power line is live even if it was taken down by a storm. Your utility company will send out a trained technician to remove these branches. The power company’s phone number can usually be located on your electric bill or on their website.
Follow this simple tips and both you and your yard will be looking happy and healthy this year.
Thank you for your time and attention. Let’s make it safe this Monday.
Sales Coordinator, Lift’n Buddy, a Southworth Company