Chain Saw Safety
- Purchase a chainsaw which is designed for your
requirements; and one you can handle comfortably.
- Read your owner's manual and follow all chain
saw safety guidelines.
- Keep a sharp chain! A chainsaw with a
dull chain is much more likely to kick back!
- Every time fuel is added, FILL the Chain Oil
Reservoir; never allow the reservoir to go dry!
- When felling a tree, use the proper procedure as
here. Give yourself a cleared out path as an escape route!
- Ensure your chain and sprocket are in working
order with the proper chain tension.
- Ensure all saw safety features are working;
especially the idle is adjusted properly.
- Ensure saw maintenance is done; clean air
filter, cooling inlets and sprocket cover, fill gas tank, fill chain
lube reservoir, sharp teeth and correct tension.
- Wear suitable clothing; nothing loose or
- Use ear protection, safety glasses, and
steel-toed footwear. Chainsaw safety equipment may be found
- Keep people and animals away; no talking while
working the saw; keep your attention on the saw.
- Use of drugs or alcohol should be restricted
unless an accident is desired.
- Allow saw to cool prior to refueling
- Use only approved fuel containers and
manufacturer recommended fuels and lubes.
- Do not smoke while operating or refueling.
- Have a safe refueling area away from flammable
brush or materials.
- Have a fire extinguisher nearby when fire
restrictions are in force.
- Hold saw firmly, ensure left hand encircles the
top handle with thumb underneath.
- Do not cut above shoulder height.
- When climbing a tree, do not stand on the felled
- Begin cutting with the saw at peak revs
- Never allow the chain to make contact with the
ground to keep dirt and foreign debris out of the chain.