The chain saw is the most popular power tool in the United States -- and the most dangerous. Emergency rooms report more injuries from chain saws than from any other power tool. When using a chain saw, make sure always to take proper safety precautions.
Several accessories can help protect you when you're using a chain saw, including:
- Special shirts and pants have padding that provides some protection from flying debris and from the chain saw itself.
- Gloves with rubber padding are essential for protecting your hands.
- Earplugs should be worn to protect your ears from the loud noise a chain saw generates.
- Safety glasses are perhaps the most important safety accessory because debris often flies toward the user's face.
- Helmets with built-in earmuffs and a built-in face guard combine three safety features in one.
- Boots with steel toes should be worn to protect your feet.
The following safety rules must be followed when you use a chain saw:
- Always work uphill from the log you're cutting so that if the log rolls, you'll be out of its way.
- Never cut objects above your head.
- Most chain-saw injuries are caused by kickback of the blade. To avoid kickback, never cut with the upper quadrant of the blade -- the area most likely to cause kickback.