South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2007

S.C. FORESTRY COMMISSION OFFERS CHAINSAW SAFETY ADVICE FOR HOMEOWNERS

(Columbia, SC) -- Summer weather means gusty storms and weakened trees tend to “fall” victim to violent weather. Last night, wind gusts at Columbia Metropolitan Airport reached 75 miles per hour. That’s hurricane strength.

The sounds of chainsaws could be heard in nearby residential areas soon after the storm as homeowners began the task of cleaning up the debris from fallen trees and limbs. The South Carolina Forestry Commission recognizes these tools are handy, but if used incorrectly become dangerous, even deadly machines.

Here are some safety tips and chainsaw techniques from Paul Watts, Forestry Commission Fire Chief:

Paul Watts teaches chainsaw safety to South Carolina Forestry Commission employees as a part of the agency’s regular technician training curriculum.

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For more information, contact Scott Hawkins (803) 896-8820

 

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