Update: Chainsaw Safety
October 30, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Status Hurricane Sandy 6:12 AM
CHAIN SAW SAFETY
WORKING SAFELY DURING AND AFTER HURRICANE SANDY
In cooperation with the Maine Department of Labor, Maine Emergency Management Agency urges all those who will be using chain saws (and other power tools) for debris removal due to Hurricane Sandy to learn to operate the chain saw properly and maintain the saw in good working condition to avoid injury as well as be more productive.
FUELING THE SAW
- Do not smoke while fueling the chain saw!
- Use a funnel or flexible hose
- Never attempt to fuel a hot or running chain saw
- Be sure you have, and wear, hand, foot, leg, eye, face, hearing and head protective equipment any time you use a chain saw
BEFORE STARTING THE SAW
- Check the controls, chain tension, and bolts and handles for proper adjustment
- Make sure the chain is sharp and the lubrication reservoir is full
- Start the chain on the ground
- Start the saw at least ten feet from the fueling area
- Be sure the chain-brake is on during starting
PLAN THE CUT
- Watch for tree limbs and trunks under tension that could spring back with deadly force if cut
- Use extreme care to bring the object to the ground
- Plan where the object will fall; ensure the fall area is free of hazards
- Avoid felling an object into another one
- Ensure you have a clear retreat path
USING THE SAW
- Clear dirt, debris, limbs and rocks from the path of the saw before cutting
- Check the tree for nails, spikes or other metal before cutting
- Be sure your footing is secure before and during cutting
- Keep your hands on the saw handles while cutting
- Cut so the trunk or tree limbs will not bind against the saw.
- Beware of branches under tension that may spring out when cut.
- Avoid saw kick-back by sawing with the blade, not the tip of the saw.
- Never saw directly overhead
Following any emergency, additional injuries occur as people begin cleaning up and repairing their property. Follow safety precautions and take the time needed to stay safe during any clean-up procedures.
Information courtesy of OSHA and the Maine Department of Labor Safety Works Program
Important phone numbers and web sites:
- Urgent emergency assistance: Dial 911
- Open shelters and other safety and health information: Dial 211
- Report power outages: Your electrical utility company
- Road conditions: Dial 511 or visit 511
- More safety tips from Maine Department of Labor
- Safety and preparedness information, and links to weather forecasts: Maine Prepares
- Status updates and news: MEMA
More safety information is available at www.maineprepares.com
Maine Emergency Management Agency