Here are some things to consider doing. Some items may not be applicable to you.

Chain Saws

Before using a chain saw:

  • Consider hiring a professional - chain saw accidents can be very serious
  • Review the operator's manual
  • Ensure the chain saw has:
    • Chain break/reduced kickback chain (look for high pieces of metal between the teeth) - to stop chain in event of a kickback
    • Proper chain tension (when you pull the chain away from the saw, it should only pull away slightly and not come off the track)
  • Wear:
    • Safety glasses
    • Ear plugs
    • Gloves

While using:

  • Face your feet towards the item you're cutting
  • Use a wide stance and firm footing
  • Bend at the knees vice your waist


  • Lubricate the chain


  1. On October 30th, 2008, Ken P said:

    I would start off with “consider hiring a professional. The average chainsaw accident results in ___ stitches to close the wound.” How about some instructions on how to make a tree land where you want it to (away from the house.)

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