Yes, a chainsaw, one of the most dangerous tool that you can ever get a hold on. Who remembers that horror movie back then where a serial killer uses a chainsaw to kill everyone? Now that’s horrible. And now that you’re holding one, you can be sliced into pieces too if you’re not careful enough.
That’s why knowing how to safely use a chainsaw should not be overlooked. Don’t get too excited on getting it out of the box and start using it until you experienced a kickback. If that happens, say hello to a bloody mess and a trip to the hospital.
There are various ways on staying protected when operating chainsaws. The first one is wearing safety gear such as the right helmet, clothes, gloves, and boots. The next is having safety gears attached to the chainsaw itself. Being aware of your surroundings come last, ensuring that there are no hazards, pets, or another human being standing in the way when working with one. This is just the beginning. Here are more tips down below on how to safely use a chainsaw.
- Safety Measures
- First and foremost, you must never operate a chainsaw that’s completely out of your control. If it’s too heavy for you, then opt on using a lighter one. Working with an equipment that you can’t handle properly is a recipe for disaster. Comfort is key when using such and the more comfortable you are with the unit, the better you can perform. If your body is tired, then it’s best not to use the chainsaw at all. Having a focused mind is important when operating your unit. It’s also best to work on good conditions where the weather is not going all crazy. And working on an area that’s away from people is a must too so keep that in mind.
- Second, if you are using a gas-powered chainsaw, then you must be aware by now about its extreme power compared to other chainsaws. It also runs on fuel and oil, so chances of fire is high when not being careful on using one. If ever you are working with one, you must distance yourself away from smoke and other kinds of fire-ignition material. If you are using an electric chainsaw, then make sure that the extension cord is tightly locked into the socket and check how far can it go.
- And lastly, always read the
user manual first. Just like what you do when playing a game, you will always
start with a tutorial. Check the chain and see if it’s sharp. Working with a
dull chain will result into a chainsaw kickback and we don’t want that to
happen. When everything is set, you can now start using your chainsaw.
- Chainsaw Safety Features
- Newer chainsaw models nowadays are designed with various safety functions in it that reduces the chance of kickback. Listed below are the following safety functions of a chainsaw:
- Chain brake – Its purpose is to stop the chain hence the word “brake”. This function safely secures the chain when you switch positions. However, opening the throttle is required when doing so. A chainsaw without a chain brake is something that come straight out from a horror movie. You either control the chainsaw or the chainsaw controls you.
- Right-hand Guard – This serves as extra protection to the operator’s hands. Best used for larger saws with colder engines.
- Safety Throttle – This button is located near the rear handle of the device. Pressing it will engage both the throttle and the chain. This prevents accidental start of the device.
- Centrifugal Clutch – Its purpose is to extricate when the engine malfunctions and stops the chain from running. When the engine is turned on, the clutch will also engage to begin cutting.
- Anti-vibration Handle – Its function is
to limit the vibration that is produced by the chainsaw so you will be able to
maneuver the device easily.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Wearing PPE is another way to lower the risk of injury and accidents when operating a chainsaw. Protecting yourself from head to toe is vital and wearing high-quality safety gear is something that you should really consider.
- Head: Wearing a hard hat is important to protect your skull whenever a kickback happens. For the eyes, high-quality safety goggles must be worn too to protect your eyes from flying debris such as wood chips and sawdust. You may also want to wear ear covers since chainsaw’s produce loud noises that can be bad for the ears.
- Hands: Wear gloves or mitts to protect your hands. This will protect you from unexpected chainsaw cuts and also gives you a tighter grip on the chainsaw as well.
- Legs: For the legs, wear trousers or pants that are sewn-in with a ballistic nylon pad that can be worn up to the belt line. Also wear boots that is made out of ballistic nylon too to protect your feet.