Florida Hunter Safety Course


Tether (Safety) Strap for Tree

The second component to the Fall Arrest System (FAS) is the tether strap that attaches to the tree. This is the anchor point for the safety harness. When the hunter is standing on the platform this safety strap should be attached to the tree at eye level or above. There should be NO slack in the tether when sitting. Having no slack in the tether will prevent the hunter from falling more than a few inches. It is much better to fall a few inches than several feet.

If you do fall and cannot recover, remember to practice your 3 R's - Rescue, Relief, Recover. 

A third component of the FAS/FBH is the Suspension Relief Device. Always have your suspension relief aid handy and ready to use if you do fall. Remember to always follow the manufacturer's instructions and practice using your FAS/FBH at ground level with a responsible adult before using it aloft. 

Additionally, there are several optional, commercially available self-recovery or self-extraction devices. These optional devices enable the user to be safely lowered to the ground automatically, or under the control of the user. One of the devices can be considered for use as an additional safety precaution against prolonged suspension trauma. 

Remember! If you fall, practice your 3 R's - Rescue, Relief, Recover