Chainsaw Safety Tips
Whether you’re collecting winter firewood, cleaning up a damaged tree after a storm, or doing seasonal pruning on a large tree, chainsaws are a powerful tool that can be used to get the job done fast. Unfortunately, every year thousands of men and women fall victim to chainsaw injuries because they weren’t adequately prepared or trained. At 404-CUT-TREE, we help Atlanta, Georgia area home and business owners keep their trees healthy and beautiful all year long. We want our neighbors to remain safe and secure by keeping the right safety tips in mind. Here are a few ways that you can help avoid catastrophic mistakes the next time your project requires the use of a chainsaw.
Always Wear Appropriate Safety Gear
The first step to using a chainsaw is to prepare yourself with the right protective clothing. All it takes is one wrong move for serious injury or death to occur while operating a chainsaw. Therefore, it’s vital for men and women to take proper precautions. Essential items include chaps to protect your legs, a construction helmet or hard hat, well-fitting eye goggles, professional grade work gloves, steel toed boots, hearing protectors and protective long sleeve shirt or jacket. Most chain saw providers will have most of these items available and are well trained on proper usage. It may seem like a large investment to purchase these safety items, but without them you could be putting yourself and others at extreme risk. The body part most frequently injured by chainsaws is the leg.
Keep an Eye on Potential Obstacles
It isn’t always easy to see objects that surround trees, especially when your sight is obstructed inside the tree’s crown. Plan ahead by conducting a complete and thorough survey of the area before you begin working. Look for metal poles, electrical lines, nearby building fixtures or nails and hardware embedded in limbs or branches. Accidentally hitting these objects with a chainsaw could cause severe injury and electrocution. Not only could this hurt the person using the chainsaw, but will it could also put those nearby at risk as well.
Avoid Dangerous Kickbacks
Violent, sudden kickbacks are one of the most common reasons for chainsaw injuries. The chain on your saw moves 60 mph or more. If the saw gets caught or hits a hard object, it can send the entire unit flying backwards towards the face, arms, body or legs of the operator. It can be even more troublesome when someone is using a chainsaw at a high level, or while resting on a tree limb, where stability is compromised. It’s preferable to maintain a strong position, and firm grip on the handle of the chainsaw. Move slowly when necessary and if you feel a limb or branch that doesn’t want to be cut, don’t force it. Some people prefer to use a reduced kickback chain. It may slow down the blade, and take a little extra time to cut through thick objects, but it is well worth the extra time if it means avoiding a potentially devastating injury.
Call a Professional for Major Projects
Homeowners without professional training should only stick to small, simple projects. Felling trees, cutting extremely thick limbs or using a chainsaw in a tall pine tree are all examples of tasks that are best left to the experts. It is advisable to google “spring poles” prior to cutting up fallen trees. This is a common, dangerous situation. If you have any doubts, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and give the specialists at 404-CUT-TREE a call right away.
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Are you an Atlanta, Georgia homeowner who needs to remove a tree, tree service, cut large limbs or trim a damaged mature tree? If so, call the team at 404-CUT-TREE. Our certified arborists and tree care experts have years of extensive training and experience using chainsaws and other specialized tools that can provide safe, healthy and effective results. Contact our office today to learn more about the tree care services available in your area, or to schedule an appointment with an arborist near you.