Chainsaw Safety Tips

  • Historically, more individuals are injured by chainsaws than by the storm that caused the initial damage.
  • Safety equipment required before operating a chainsaw includes:

    • leather gloves
    • full face shield or safety goggles
    • hearing protection
    • hard hat
    • long sleeve shirt
    • long (blue jean) pants
    • over the ankle leather boots
    • chainsaw straps

    Also required:

    • first-aid kit
    • knowledge of chainsaw operation
    • patience
  • Never work alone; have a partner close by and carry whistles for emergencies.
  • Never use electric power tools near standing water.
  • Trees and limbs can weigh several tons; beware of limbs that may "kick back" when they are sprung from under the tension of other tree parts.