When trimming or removing trees, please use the following safety tips:
- Stay alert at all times!
- Do not trim trees in dangerous weather conditions.
- Perform a hazard assessment of the work area before starting work.
- Eliminate or minimize exposure to hazards at the tree and in the surrounding area.
- Operators of chain saws and other equipment should be trained and the equipment properly maintained.
- Use personal protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, hard hats, hearing protection, etc., recommended in the equipment manufacturer’s operating manual.
- Inspect tree limbs for strength and stability before climbing. Tree trimmers working aloft must use appropriate fall protection.
- Do not climb with tools in your hands.
- If broken trees are under pressure, determine the direction of the pressure and make small cuts to release it.
- Never turn your back on a falling tree.
- Be alert and avoid objects thrown back by a tree as it falls. Residents and homeowners who are planning to burn vegetative debris are asked to use extreme caution this weekend due to warmer temperatures in the forecast. State law requires that property owners notify the South Carolina Forestry Commission prior to burning outdoors by calling 1-800-986-5405. In most cases, the law applies to burning leaves, limbs and branches that owners clean up from their yard. The notification law does not apply within town or city limits, according to Lisa Bourcier, public information officer for Horry County Government.
Here are some safety precautions:
- The law requires property owners to clear a firebreak around the burning site and have the right equipment available to keep the fire under control.
- Before doing any burning, establish wide control lines down to bare mineral soil at least five feet wide around any burn barrels and even wider around brush piles and other piled debris to be burned. The larger the debris pile, the wider the control line that is needed to ensure that burning materials won’t be blown or roll off the pile into vegetation outside the line.
- You must also stay with the fire until it is completely safe.
- Keep water and hand tools ready in case your fire should attempt to spread.
- Homeowners are responsible for the control of their outdoor fires.