The escape path is your lifeline. When the tree starts to fall, you need to quickly move to safety. You must always stand at around a 45° angle behind the tree at a safe distance when it falls. Very large trees require a longer safety distance. Uneven ground and trees with large and thick branches can cause the trunk to fall sideways, jump up or slide. The tree can also move backwards and/or up when hitting the ground with full impact. Look out for dry branches when the tree falls.