1. Read every word of your owner’s manual and learn it thoroughly.Every chainsaw is different so become acquainted with your particular model.
  2. Understand your limits. Sometimes it’s better to call a professional if your project is beyond your abilities and comfort level. It’s okay, don’t let your ego get in the way of your safety.
  3. Always wear your protective gear, this includes:
    1. Hearing Protection
    2. Goggles
    3. Boots
    4. Hard hat
    5. Chaps
    6. Gloves
  4. If you’re a beginner start simple with your projects. Cutting logs for firewood or branches is a great place to start but don’t start with felling a large tree – start with a small tree. Practice, practice, practice. Start small.
  5. Do not cut alone. Always have someone nearby – but not close to you – just in case something goes wrong.
  6. Always have a good first aid kit nearby.
  7. Never cut wood being held by somebody else.
  8. When starting your chainsaw make sure the chain brake is engaged.
  9. Always hold your running chainsaw with two hands. Never use one hand. If you need to use your hand for something make sure you turn off your chainsaw first.
  10. Do not climb a tree with your chainsaw. Climbing trees is for experienced or professional operators. Look into buying a pole saw if you need to cut branches that require climbing.
  11. Don’t rush. Relax. If you’re unsure what to do next, turn off your chainsaw and come up with a plan first.
  12. Inspect your chainsaw before starting to ensure that all the safety features are working and the chain is tight on the guide bar.
  13. Never cut with the nose or tip of your chainsaw. This will cause kickback and can lead to a serious injury.
  14. Never use a chainsaw to cut above your head.
  15. Before you refuel, allow the chainsaw to cool down.
  16. When moving from tree to tree either turn off your chainsaw or engage the chain brake.
  17. Don’t use a chainsaw on a ladder.
  18. Use a scabbard to transport your chainsaw.
  19. Keep your chainsaw out of reach of children.