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Escape Routes

j0300518.gif (1905 bytes) Basic Chain Saw Course 103

     When the tree begins to fall, remove your chain saw, if possible, and move rapidly down one of your two previously prepared escape routes. A primary and secondary escape route must be pre-planned, before cutting any tree. Normally, the primary escape route is 135 degrees away from the intended fall line of the tree. The secondary is figured from the other side of the tree, once again, 135 degrees from the intended fall line of the tree.

NEVER RUN DIRECTLY IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION OF THE FALL LINE OF THE TREE.

DO NOT TAKE YOUR EYES OFF OF THE FALLING TREE OR TURN YOUR BACK, COMPLETELY, TO IT. ONCE THE TREE IS ON THE GROUND, WAIT FOR AT LEAST 30 SECONDS TO ALLOW ALL FALLING DEBRIS TO FINISH WHAT IT IS GOING TO DO.

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