The chainsaw is one of the most powerful tools and can be used for a number of tasks.
However the chainsaw can also be really dangerous if not used correctly.
Safety and the Chainsaw
You should use all tools with caution and Chainsaws are no exception.
Chainsaws move at over 50 miles per hour and commands extra attention to safety.
If you aren’t familiar with how to work chainsaws always consult the manufacturer’s instructions for use, and before you even think about turning on a chainsaw make sure you have the correct protective clothing and gear.
Protective gear you should always wear includes:
-Leg protection such as chaps or cut-resistant pants
-Gloves with an enhanced gripping surface and cut resistance
-Eye protection with side shields
-Hearing protection such as earplugs or earmuffs
-Boots or shoes with steel toes and non-skid soles
Chainsaw Do’s and Don’ts
-Keep the cutting area clear of spectators and pets.
-Work with a partner if possible
-Avoid overhead hazards, such as dead, hanging limbs that may fall and utility lines.
-Keep the chain clean, sharp and lubricated with the correct oil.
-Make sure the chain oil supply is full before starting the saw.
-Be careful of inclines and ground that is uneven.
-Stand to the side of what you’re cutting.
-Cut at full throttle; bring the saw up to speed before starting cuts.
-Use a suitable cord when operating an electric saw. Follow the saw manufacturer’s instructions for selecting a compatible cord.
-Keep both hands on the saw handles.
-Let the saw come to a complete stop before reaching for the chain or bar.
-Turn off the saw or activate the chain brake when carrying the saw.
-Carry the saw so that the bar is pointing behind you.
-Do not wear loose clothing.
-Do not use an electric chainsaw in rain or in a wet or damp area.
-Do not use the tip to cut.
-Do not cut with a chainsaw above shoulder height.
-Do not refuel a hot saw.