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General Safety Instructions for Chainsaws

by Jeff S. Keep moving

The first thing to do before using any power tool, especially chainsaws, is to read the owner’s manual thoroughly. Be sure to review and understand the safety instructions.

Always wear personal hearing protection when cutting. Under certain conditions, hearing loss could result from noise from the saw and the duration of use.

Don’t take chances in dangerous environments. Don’t use electric chainsaws in damp, wet or rainy situations. Don’t use the chain saw around gaseous or exposive atmospheres. The motors in the chain saw can spark and ignite the fumes.

Don’t wear jewelry or loose clothing, and wear protective hair covering to control long hair. Any of these items could be caught by the moving parts.

Always wear safety glasses which have side shields. Any safety glasses or goggles should be marked that they comply with ANSI Z87.1 standards.

Maintain control of the chainsaw by keeping both hands on the handles when the power is on. Keep hands away from the blades.

Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) should be present on any circuits used to power electric chainsaws.

Extension cords must be in good condition. Make sure the extension cord has the sufficient gage to carry the maximum current of the saw. An undersized extension cord will reduce the line voltage which will lower the power and could lead to overheating. Only use extension cords which are rated for outdoor use to reduce the risk of electric shock.

Do not leave the saw unattended, and always disconnect the chainsaw from the power source when not in use or when cleaning or servicing.

Keep all visitors, children, and pets at a safe distance from the work area. When not using the chainsaw, store it in a safe place indoors and out of the reach of children.

Do not ever try to remove any material stuck in the chainsaw when the chain is moving. Be certain the switch is off when trying to clear any jammed material. Do not grasp the exposed cutting blades and edges when holding or picking up the saw.

A chainsaw should not be forced when cutting. Chainsaws are designed to cut efficiently at their rated power. Any additional pressure may cause the saw to jam and cause an injury from kickback.

Use common sense and do not try to operate a chainsaw when you are tired or are under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medications.

Only operate the saw in daylight or good artificial light.

Don’t try to cut from awkward positions. Always maintain firm footing and balance.


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