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URBAN & COMMUNITY FORESTRY
  • AFTER THE STORM: CHAINSAW SAFETY

    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.

     


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