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Chain Saw Safety

A chain saw can move up to 68 miles per hour, and its muffler can be as hot as 900 degrees Fahrenheit. Many people are hurt every year by misusing this powerful and dangerous tool, but injury can be prevented by taking the proper precautions.

When you purchase a chain saw, make sure it has safety features, like a low-kickback chain, a hand guard, and a chain brake.

Never carry your chain saw unless the engine is shut off and the chain brake is engaged. The scabbard should be covering the guide bar to prevent cuts. Carry the chain saw backwards and keep the muffler away from your body so you don’t get burned.

Don't want to take this on yourself? Hire an ISA Certified Arborist to do the job.


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