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To protect yourself in case you fall, always wear your FAS full-body harness, attaching it to the tree while at ground level and keeping it attached throughout your hunt.

If you should fall while you are in your tree stand:

  • Do not panic.
    • Your FAS full-body harness with the tether that is attached to a tree strap or tree stand safety line system will hold you.
    • If you are using a tree stand safety line system, do not touch the prusik knot on the safety rope because this could keep it from arresting your fall.
  • Signal for help by shouting or blowing a whistle.
  • Climb back onto the platform as quickly as possible.
  • Use your communications device to call for help if you cannot make it back onto the platform.
  • Take actions to avoid suspension trauma if you must wait for rescue. 
    • Use your suspension relief strap. 
    • If you do not have a suspension relief strap, moving your legs continuously by pushing off from the tree may keep your blood flowing.

After a fall:

  • Always replace the FAS tether. 
  • If you are using a tree stand safety line system, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to inspect the safety rope for damage.
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