A saw is an incredibly useful tool. However, a saw is also very dangerous
and demands extreme caution. Whether your project requires a chainsaw,
circular saw, or a reciprocating saw, it’s essential that you learn
the proper way to use it. Learning and understanding saw safety is particularly
important if you’re
renting your equipment, as you may not be familiar with how to use a saw properly. Here’s
a brief look at how you can stay safe while using a saw.
Safety equipment is of the utmost importance when using any kind of saw.
At the very least, you should wear safety glasses and gloves to protect
your eyes and hands. It’s also a good idea to wear some kind of
dust mask or respirator so you don’t accidentally breathe in wood
particles. Since most saws are very loud, consider wearing ear plugs or
noise-canceling ear protection. Lastly, you should have first aid equipment
easily accessible in case there’s an accident.
Before you make your first cut, you should make sure everything is properly
prepped to ensure safety. For instance, check to see if the blade is sufficiently
sharp; though it may seem counterintuitive, a sharp saw blade is actually
safer than a dull one. If you have a gas-powered chainsaw, make sure that
it has enough fuel; if you’re using an electric circular saw, move
the cord so it stays out of the way during use. Whether you’re cutting
a board or a 2x4, you must properly secure it to your workstation.
After taking the proper precautions, you’re finally ready to use
your saw. Whichever saw you use, don’t rush the cut—take your
time, and let the saw guide you. If you’re felling a tree with a
chainsaw, make sure you’ve made the proper precautions to make sure
it falls in the proper direction. Always cut away from yourself, and do
not place your hand anywhere near the cutting area. After you’re
finished, disconnect the saw from its power source.