The most important aspect of using a chainsaw is the safety and so before you use one make sure that you understand all of the safety aspects that are involved.
||The first thing that you need to do is buy the safety equipment that you will need and there are quite a few different items that you should buy. Don't compromise on these as safety is much more important than the cost of buying these items and most are quite cheap.
The safety equipment that you should buy are a helmet, eye protection, ear protection, gloves, leg protection, boots and non-snag clothing. As well as these you should also have a first aid kit that includes a large wound dressing and also a good hand wash and paper towels.
When you have all of the safety equipment you need to make sure that the chainsaw is in good working order and this also applies to new chainsaws, do not assume that they will be safely working just because they are new. You need to check that:
- The stop switch works and is clearly marked.
- The hand guard, chain catcher and anti-vibration mounts work properly.
- The throttle opens only when the throttle lock is pressed.
- That the chain is designed to reduce kickback which can be dangerous.
- The exhaust and silencer and working properly.
When you are using the chainsaw never do it alone and always make sure you are firmly on the ground and so not up a ladder, climbing or unstable in any way.
It is also important to assess the situation and work out the safest way of doing the work and also planning what you will do should something go wrong, this may seem paranoid but it could be extremely important and so planning like this is essential. Always make sure that there is someone there who is not working and that also knows what to do should something go wrong and therefore they can help if need be.
The other important consideration is the safety of others and so never use a chainsaw in a public place or anywhere where people can get close to you using a chainsaw without erecting suitable safety notices so that people can very clearly see what is happening. If it is a public place then more than safety notices would be needed such as preventing people from accessing that area.
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