Chainsaws are great when you need to remove trees or cut large debris into manageable pieces, but knowing how to safely use this tool is a must. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 36,000 people end up in hospital emergency rooms every year for chainsaw injuries.
The staff members at L & R Power Equipment — a retailer and independent dealer of Stihl power tools in Monroe, CT — can provide instruction on how to safely operate your equipment. Follow these four steps whenever you use your chainsaw:
- Read The Instructions: Make sure you carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions on how each part functions and how to properly use the chainsaw. Inspect the chain tension, controls, handles, and bolts to ensure they are adjusted according to the manual. The chainsaw blades should also be properly sharpened and lubricated with bar and chain oil.
- Fuel The Chainsaw Properly: Always use a fuel container that has a sealing cap, is made of material that will not react with the fuel, and is clearly labeled as flammable. Use a funnel or hose to prevent spills when pouring fuel into your chainsaw. Never try to add fuel to a chainsaw that is still running or hot from use. In addition, never smoke while fueling your chainsaw.
- Wear The Right Gear: Always wear protective gear when using your chainsaw. L & R Power Equipment provides cut-retardant mitts, protective chaps, and cut-resistant shirts and boots. It’s also recommended that you wear goggles, a hard hat, and ear protection.
- Practice Safe Use: Make sure your work area is clear of stones, dirt, and debris that can fly up if they come in contact with the chainsaw. Additionally, be aware of nails or other metal that may be embedded in the tree you are cutting. Keep your chainsaw turned off if you’re walking on uneven ground to prevent accidents and always make sure you have stable footing when operating it. Always keep your hands away from the blades. Make sure you avoid chainsaw kickbacks by not using the tip to saw and cut at or below waist level to ensure you have control.
Get the best use of your chainsaw with the right protective gear and proper instruction. Call L & R Power Equipment at (203) 268-8400 to speak to a professional about chainsaw safety or visit them online to view their inventory of outdoor power tools and safety equipment.