South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

February 12, 2014


(Columbia, SC)  It’s expected that many homeowners may attempt tree clearing in the wake of the ice storm.  Although widely available to the general public, these machines are quite powerful and potentially deadly if used incorrectly by unskilled hands.  The South Carolina Forestry Commission requires its foresters, firefighters and forest technicians to complete its chainsaw safety classes before they are allowed to operate one on the job.  SCFC reminds everyone that the danger lies not only in the blade of the machine, but the energy in a large tree you unleash when a cut is made.

Here are some safety tips and chainsaw techniques from Forestry Commission staff:

The best approach for most people with storm-damaged trees in their yards is to hire a professional arborist to cut the trees and clean up the debris, but caution is also called for in hiring a tree service.  The Forestry Commission recommends asking for proof of property damage, liability and workman’s compensation insurance before hiring a tree service to do any sort of tree work, and getting a firm estimate of the cost before proceeding. 




News editors, for more information, call Scott Hawkins at 803-360-2231.





SC Forest-related businesses have a $17 billion annual impact on our economy.

For every $1.00 invested by the state in its Forestry Commission, forest industry produces about $1,200.00 of economic impact.

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