Well, you’ve come to the right place because that’s exactly what I’ll be going over in this post. I’ll be showing you what you need to know before using a chainsaw and how to keep yourself safe.
The first step in preventing chainsaw accidents is having the correct PPE. Make sure you’re wearing chainsaw chaps, these will add a layer of protection against the sharp chain. A face shield will help prevent any debris from striking your face as well as protect your eyes.
Some earmuffs will help protect your ears if you’re using a gas chainsaw. Make sure to wear boots to protect against things falling on your feet. And a helmet will help protect against things falling on your head. More About this here.
Avoid the kickback zone
The kickback zone is the top quarter of the tip of the bar. If it hits something hard, this will cause the bar to be aggressively shot in the direction of the user. And if the user is hit, this will, of course, cause a great amount of damage.
So make sure you’re not entering any cuts with the tip of the bar. To further prevent kickback damage, you’ll have a chain brake. The chain brake will automatically activate if kickback occurs by your hand hitting the brake or via inertia.
Have an escape route
When cutting a tree, you don’t always know what’s going to happen. So before you start to make your cut, have an escape route.
Plan your escape in advance in case anything bad happens. There’s no such thing as too much safety, it’s the smart thing to do.
Beware of the leaning tree
If you see that a tree is leaning, don’t start cutting straight into it, this can be incredibly dangerous. There may be a lot of tension or energy stored in that tree and it can negatively affect you by striking you if you don’t make the right cut.
If a tree is leaning forward and you’re cutting it from behind, when the tree falls, the trunk could split and strike you. So it may be better to cut it from a different angle or at least get out of the way before it strikes you.
Have some rope handy
Rope can be your best friend when cutting down a tree.
Let’s say you cut down a tree and it ends up leaning against another tree instead of falling to the ground, you’ll need some rope to try and yank it down. It’s a versatile piece of equipment that can be used in so many ways.