invention of the chain saw was a turning point in world history. Chain
saws empower logging operations to harvest timber much more efficiently than in
the days of the two-man crosscut saw.
They have also made life much easier for homeowners. Tasks such as cutting
firewood or cleaning up fallen trees and broken limbs used to be very
time-consuming, but a chain saw makes quick work of those duties.
But if they aren't used properly, a chain saw can cause serious injury - or
worse. It's just common sense that if a high-speed spinning chain can cut
through an oak log like butter it can do the same to a human body! That's why
when you use a chain saw, you must take precautions to do so as safely as
possible. To that end, here are a few chain saw safety tips:
- Never use a chain saw unless someone else is with you. If you only follow
one suggestion from this article, make sure it's this one. If you get hurt when
you're working alone, chances are you won't be able to get the help you need in
time to save your life!
- Always stand in a stable position while sawing. Many serious accidents occur
when the operator slips or loses his/her balance.
- Hold the chain saw securely with both hands - one on the trigger grip and
the other on the handle bar. There are several circumstances that can cause the
saw to "kick back" into your body - you must always be prepared for them.
- Never attempt to start a chain saw while holding it up in the air. Always
place it on the ground and hold it securely in the manner described in the operator's
manual while pulling on the starter rope.
- Always be aware of where your hands are in relation to the chain. Don't go
flailing them about or you'll probably come to regret it.
- Don't wear loose fitting clothing than can get caught up in the spinning
- Keep the business end of the saw away from your legs and all other parts of
- Don't use a chain saw near another person, especially a child or someone who
isn't extremely familiar with the safe operation of chain saws.
- When cutting down a tree, be aware of where it is going to fall and stay out
of its way (and keep others out of its way also). Always be aware that a falling
tree can bring other trees and branches down with it, so be aware of your
- Before you operate a new chain saw, read the owner's manual carefully - and
completely. If you have never used a chain saw before, it's a good idea to ask
an experienced user to use it the first time so you can learn by watching.
- Always use hearing and eye protection when operating a chain saw. These are
your two most important senses, and improper use of a chain saw is a great way
to damage both of them!
Chains saws are among the most useful tools for homeowners to have on hand, but
they are also among the most dangerous. Use them with extreme caution and you'll
be able to keep all of your fingers, toes and everything else that's precious to
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