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Health Tip: Using a Chainsaw

Make sure you know how

(HealthDayNews) -- While a chainsaw can be a handy tool, it can also be dangerous.

You should get formal instruction in the safe operation of a chainsaw before you use one for the first time, says a University of California, Berkeley article on chainsaw safety.

Most chainsaw injuries involved deep gashes to the hands, legs, feet and head. Kickback -- which occurs when the upper part of the chain bar tip meets resistance -- is the most common cause of serious injury.

New chainsaws do have safety features such as chain breaks, but kickback is still a threat. Proper training and instruction, including how to avoid potential kickback situations, is the best way to prevent injury.

You must wear full safety gear when using a chainsaw. This includes a hardhat, eye and ear protection, gloves and leg chaps.

Keep your chainsaw sharp. It will require less effort to use and reduce fatigue. Don't use a chainsaw when you're tired, which could increase your risk of injury.

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