The Handyguys discuss chainsaw safety in this audio podcast.
If you rent, borrow or buy a chainsaw you will still need to be aware of proper chainsaw safety. In the summer many areas are effected by thunderstorms, in the late summer and fall some contend with hurricanes, others tornadoes and may need to put a chainsaw to use for cleanup of debris. Others people may be cutting and splitting wood for heat, some people are clearing their property. Regardless of how and when you use a chainsaw safety must always come first.
We can’t cover every aspect of chainsaw safety in this show. Please read, understand and follow all the safety precautions outlined by the manufacturer of your chainsaw. Use common sense. Do not push yourself or your chainsaw beyond what you can handle.
Here are the basics of chainsaw safety:
- It is not possible to cover every conceivable chainsaw safety situation you can face when using a chain saw.
- Always exercise care and use your common sense.
- Avoid all situations which you consider to be beyond your capability.
Personal protective equipment for chainsaw safety
- Approved protective helmet
- Hearing protection
- Protective goggles or a visor
- Gloves with saw protection
- Trousers with saw protection
- Boots with saw protection, steel toe-cap and non-slip sole
- Always have a first aid kit nearby
Machine’s chainsaw safety equipment
Your saw will have several chainsaw safety devices built into the design. These will vary by manufacturer. Ensure they are properly attached and operational.
- Anti-kickback features, bar tip, safety chain
- Throttle lockout
- Chain catcher
- Hand guards
- Do not smoke and do not place any hot objects in the vicinity of fuel.
- Never refuel the machine while the engine is running
- Always stop the engine and let it cool for a few minutes before refuelling.
- When refuelling, open the fuel cap slowly so that any excess pressure is released gently.
- Tighten the fuel cap carefully after refuelling.
- Always move the machine away from the refuelling area before starting.
Starting and stopping a chainsaw safely
- Never start a chain saw unless the bar, chain and all covers are ﬁtted correctly
- The chain brake should be activated when starting
- Never start the machine indoors
- Observe your surroundings and make sure that there is no risk of people or animals coming into contact with the cutting equipment.
- Always hold the saw with both hands.
- Start the saw on the ground. Grip the front handle with your left hand. Hold the chain saw on the ground by placing your right foot through the rear handle. Pull the starter handle
Chainsaw safety working techniques
- Look around you, and above you. Ensure nothing in the area will affect your control of the saw.
- Do not use the saw in bad weather
- Make sure you can move and stand safely
- Take great care when cutting a tree that is under tension
- Understand the causes of kickback so you can avoid it
- Two hands, always
- Never use the saw above your shoulders
- Always cut with a sharp blade, properly fitted for your particular saw
Here are some helpful links to manuals containing chainsaw safety information.
Most manufacturers will have their manuals online. If you do not have a manual you should find one.
http://www.searspartsdirect.com/ (good luck, I had trouble finding manuals online)