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Chainsaw Safety Tips.
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STEP 1.
Be sharp and alert.
 

Read and understand the manufacturer's instructions before operating.

Wear protective clothing when using a chain saw. Wear a face shield or safety glasses. Safety helmet, hearing protection, gloves, safety boots with non-slip soles, long pants, and chainsaw chaps are recommended

Always have a First aid box with you.

Be prepared for field maintenance with a supply of bar oil, tools for working on the chainsaw, and rags to wipe spills.

Keep a fire extinguisher handy

Check the chainsaw before every use.

Make sure the chainsaw is fitted with a chain brake - preferably inertia activated.

If the blade is not sharp, then take time to sharpen it. A sharp blade works best.

Do not cut above shoulder height.

When carrying the chainsaw, always turn off the motor and carry the chainsaw with the blade pointed to the rear.

 
     
STEP 2.
Work in a safe environment.

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Keep people and animals away from the work area.

Always keep a second person within calling distance.

Use the saw to only cut wood.

Clear away all brush, vegetation and obstructions that might trigger a kickback

Avoid using the saw in wet or windy conditions, and in poor light.

Wait a few minutes for the motor to cool before refueling.

Avoid smoking while filling/operating the saw. Refuel in a clean area, and when the motor is cool Wipe spillage, and tighten the fuel caps.

Move at least 10' away from the fueling area before starting

 
   

 

STEP 3.
Operating safely.

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NEVER "drop start" a chainsaw, always start on a flat piece of ground, clear of debris.

Run the saw at full revs when cutting. Keep your body to the left of the saw to avoid kickbacks, Keep a firm grip with your left hand on the front handle and your thumb below the handle.

Make sure to tension the chain correctly. If wood shavings become dusty, your chain could need sharpening.

Be vigilant about the position of the upper quadrant of the blade tip. This is the part which triggers kickbacks upon hitting resistance.

Avoid engaging this part of the blade with anything you are cutting.

Avoid cuts that will cause the chainsaw to jam.

To avoid jamming, always cut into the compression wood first until the cut starts to close.

Make the compression cut beneath if the log is suspended from one end, and on top if supported at both ends.

. Cut from the other side toward the compression cut. Use a wedge to prevent the compression cut jamming on the blade.

 
   

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