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Chainsaw Safety

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Sept. 30, 2022) – 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 hard hat (in case of kickback or falling debris).
  • Ensure firm footing, remove loose material from underfoot; spread feet in a wide, balanced stance.
  • Keep the 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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