It is always best to hire professional contractors to remove a large tree because without the proper knowledge, this process can be very dangerous and difficult. There are four key things to think about when removing a large tree: be weary of the power lines, make a plan beforehand, always use the proper safety gear, and be careful and cautious throughout the entire process.

It is important to check the surroundings of the tree and make sure that it is not near a power line. You must always assume that the power lines are working and energized. First, contact the local utility company to ask if the power lines can be deactivated during the tree removal process. If the tree is within 10 feet of a power line, then at least two experienced line-clearance trimmers are needed for the removal, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. One is needed for the actual removal while the second trained professional should be close by for communication.

Evaluating the possible risks beforehand is a smart move. Even if there are not power lines nearby, you must consider other potential hazards that might endanger the tree climber such as loose or broken branches or the height of the tree. Poor weather conditions such as snow, rain, or wind are also other factors to keep in mind that could complicate the process.

Never attempt to remove a tree without the proper safety gear and equipment. Heavy-duty gloves are absolutely necessary to avoid getting cuts, splinters, or other injuries on the hand. At the same time, safety goggles or glasses are needed to protect the eyes against flying debris. It is also highly recommended to wear a hard hat to deflect any falling branches or debris that may come down. In addition, a harness that is attached to the tree is another safety precaution that should be taken in case of falling.

Lastly, it is always wise to stay alert at all times during the process. There should be multiple people on site to keep their eyes and ears on the situation to communicate the potential dangers to one another. Also, never turn your back on a falling tree.