South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2008

SOUTH CAROLINA FORESTRY COMMISSION OFFERS CHAINSAW SAFETY ADVICE FOR HOMEOWNERS

Timber damage in Greeleyville ready for the chainsaw.(Columbia,SC)–Field reports have prompted the South Carolina Forestry Commission to share some safety tips for residents, municipal and utility workers and others facing the task of cleaning up tree debris left over after Saturday’s storms.  It’s expected that many homeowners may attempt some of this work over the coming weekend.  Although widely available to the general public, these machines are quite powerful and potentially deadly if used incorrectly by unskilled hands.  Even 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 Paul Watts, Forestry Commission Fire Chief: