Wear protection when chainsawing

Chainsaws can be dangerous. Here’s how to stay safe


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A poorly maintained chainsaw is an accident waiting to happen, so make it a rule to always ensure your saw is in good working condition before using it. Check that the fluids are topped up, and that the chain is sharp, properly tensioned and lubricated. Also make sure the chain brake and front hand guard are functioning properly, and that the throttle trigger moves freely. The master control on/off kill switch should also be in good working order, and the spark plug boot must be secure to prevent arcing and a potential fire.