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Chain Saw Safety

The chain saws used to clear debris after hurricanes frequently cause serious injuries. To avoid harm, follow these simple directions:

  • ALWAYS keep both hands on the chain saw handles.
  • Cut only on the right side of your body.
  • Cut below your head. Never cut over your head.
  • Cut with the lower edge of the saw blade whenever possible. Cutting with the tip of the saw is inviting injury.
  • Watch out when cutting limbs or branches which are bent. They may snap back and hit you.
  • Let the chain saw do the work. Don't try to force the saw.
  • Wear protective clothing: hard hat, goggles, safety shoes, gloves and trim-fitting clothes.