If you have a tree in your yard that has become overgrown and is getting to close to your house or causing other problems, you will want to take care of this problem as quickly as possible. That said, tree removal and even tree trimming can be dangerous if you don't know what you are doing. Here are three safety tips to keep in mind.

Do Not Even Attempt If There Are Power Lines Nearby

First things first, only a trained professional should trim or remove a tree if there is a power line anywhere near the area. Taking a tree down near a power line requires a team of at least two experienced tree trimmers, one to actually do the trimming and one to stay on the ground and act as a spotter. Extreme caution also needs to be used with the ladder and all other equipment so that the line does not come into contact with the tree, the equipment, or any person on the site. For all these reasons and more, the safest thing you can do is call a professional company that offers tree removal services.

If You Go It Alone, Cut Carefully to Encourage a Fall in the Right Direction

If the tree is not by a power line and you think you can handle the job, you will want to make sure you are cutting the tree in a way that will let it fall in a specific direction. If the tree starts to lean forward, backward, or to the side, and you were not thinking it would go that way, stop immediately and restart your cut from another area to try to even it out. If this happens more than once, you are not qualified for the job and need professional assistance.

Have the Right Equipment and Know How to Use It

Using a chainsaw might look easy enough when someone is walking around with it in a horror movie, but this and other equipment can be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing in real life. Make sure you have the proper training and safety information on all equipment on site and ensure that you are wearing protection, including a hard hat to protect you from falling branches. When it is time to bring the tree down, clear all unneeded equipment out of the area so that nothing gets accidentally destroyed. 

Taking a tree down by yourself is not recommended. If you need to remove a tree from your yard, reach out to a professional that can accomplish the task without harming your house, yard, or nearby power lines. To learn more, talk to companies like Houston Tree Service Team.