Chainsaws are inherently dangerous. Here are a few guidelines to follow anytime you operate a chainsaw:
- Always read the operating manual thoroughly prior to operating a saw.
- Follow all manufacturer safety guidelines for starting, cutting and fueling.
- Wear protective equipment: chaps, gloves, earplugs and a hardhat (in case of kickback or falling debris).
- Ensure firm footing, remove loose material from underfoot; spread feet in a wide balanced stance.
- Keep work area clear to avoid tripping hazards.
- Always maintain control; keep a firm grip on the saw.
- Always be alert to saw kickback.
- Never cut above chest height, control is difficult.
- Use a pole saw for cuts above your head.
- Do not over-reach or under-reach when cutting; you will be off balance.
- Estimate what the reaction of what you're cutting will be; will it whip up, down or toward you.
- Identify and keep an escape route clear.
Remember even the smallest injury with a chainsaw usually requires professional medical attention.