TSSA Deems September as Treestand Safety Awareness Month
OutdoorHub Reporters 09.20.18
September is a really exciting time of year to be outdoors. For some, hunting season has already begun, while others may use this time to hang treestands in preparation for the upcoming season. September is also ‘Treestand Safety Awareness Month,’ so we wanted to remind hunters about the importance of using a safety harness every single time you crawl up into your treestand.
The Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation (TSSA) is excited to share that estimated numbers of treestand falls occurring on a national level has decreased over the past years, although there is always room for improvement. After all, there’s no such thing as being TOO safe in the woods!
TSSA has developed an educational campaign called the “ABC’s of Treestand Safety” to act as the building blocks for the awareness campaign:
- Always remove and inspect your equipment
- Buckle your full-body safety harness
- Connect to the tree before your feet leave the ground
By following these three steps, treestand hunters can drastically decrease their risk of having a falling accident.
In the video below by Summit Treestands, Tim Crawford shares his story of falling 25-feet from a treestand, and having to wait eight hours paralyzed at the base of the tree until somebody came to help: