Its important to always respect the forest, and the equipment you bring in to it. At all times in the woods you are surrounded by trees and branches towering above your head with the potential to kill you at any moment. There is a laundry list of sugar makers who never walked out of the woods again.
The reason I bring this up is because of a few close calls we had this week while installing our new tubing system. The first came in the form of a branch that fell from a tree while we were cutting out where a new mainline would go. The branch narrowly missed dad's head and hit his thumb cutting it up pretty badly. The next came today while dragging out some dead Ash trees. I had my ankle pinned under one log while another with a sharp edge was pushed into the back of my ankle by the tree we were winching to the tractor, and was slowly crushing the back of my ankle. Thankfully it hit the top of my hiking boot which was well padded. I was able to scream to dad to stop the winch before it crushed my ankle, and I had a chainsaw in my hand so I quickly cut the log that had my foot pinned under it. It hurt a lot, but could have been much much worse. I only have a swollen ankle and bruise. It was definitely pretty scary.
Anyway, I hope everyone will be safe when outdoors. You can never be too prepared nor can you be too careful. I know I have the preparedness thing taken care of, but I certainly take a few too many risks out there. I think today was a little wake up call.