No matter what chainsaw is used, there is always a risk of injury.
Manufacturers strive to design safer units.
Functionality does not cover all the bases. Some practices provide better safety. They include wearing protective equipment and keeping the chainsaw sharpened.
How to Use a Chainsaw Safely
1. Read the Owner’s Manual
A chainsaw owner’s manual informs the user how to keep the saw clean and well-maintained, which ultimately makes it safer to use.
Other safety tips include the safety gear that should be worn, handling with care, keeping out of children’s hands, and proper storage procedures.
2. Wear Personal Protective Gear
Safety goggles or glasses protect the eyes from flying debris that a chainsaw creates and other hazards, like branches. Googles stay on the head better.
Suitable gloves protect the user from cuts, thorny material, and cold and wet conditions. Protective boots should give firm ankle support and have steel toe caps.
Securely fasten lace-up types to avoid tripping.
A helmet, chaps, and ear defenders should also be worn. Outer clothing should not sag.
3. Handle Fuel with Care
If you have a gas-powered chainsaw, use care when handling and storing. Wipe up any spills immediately.
4. Operate in Well-Ventilated Areas
Do not run a chainsaw in an enclosed area like a deep trench or indoors unless there is a hose or exhaust fan.
Exhaust gas contains carbon monoxide that can cause one to lose consciousness or die.
5. Only Operate when Rested
Working with a chainsaw is a tiring experience.
Take breaks during operation. Leave the job for the next day if you become too tired. High concentration is essential.
Do not let your mind wander from the task at hand. Fatigue can cause a user to become careless.
6. Beware of the Surroundings
When operating a chainsaw, keep a clear distance.
Do not allow anyone within five meters when the chainsaw is running. Never use a chainsaw around animals or children.
When cutting down a tree, ensure there is a safe path for the tree to fall that will cause no harm to people or property damage.
7. Check the Safety Brake
Before using a chainsaw, test the safety brake.
Push it forward with some force to ensure the chain and bar stop moving. Do not use a chainsaw if the safety brake is not working. Have the problem fixed.
8. Use the Correct Stance
Maintain control of the chainsaw by holding it close to the body with feet spread apart for balance. Hold it tightly at all times.
Wrap the thumbs and fingers completely around the handles. Position the left thumb under the handle at the front of the saw to reduce the kickback force.
9. Do Not Travel when the Chainsaw Is Running
Take no more than a few steps when holding a running chainsaw.
Turn off the engine or apply the safety brake. Use the protective guard for the bar when transporting a chainsaw for greater distances.
This video refers to clearing a path, protection gear, stance, proper hand positioning on the handles, keeping the chainsaw away from kids and pets, and activating the brake.
Safety should be the number priority when using a chainsaw.
Read the owner’s manual, wear protective gear, and follow the guidelines above. Make comments, give feedback, and share experiences below.