- Clear away dirt, debris, small tree limbs and rocks from the saw’s chain path. Look for nails, spikes or other metal in the tree before cutting.
- Shut off the saw or engage its chain brake when carrying the saw on rough or uneven terrain.
- Keep your hands on the saw’s handles, and maintain balance while operating the saw.
- Proper personal protective equipment must be worn when operating the saw, including chaps. .
- Be careful that the trunk or tree limbs will not bind against the saw.
- Watch for branches under tension; they may spring out when cut.
- Gasoline-powered chainsaws must be equipped with a protective device that minimizes chainsaw kickback.
- Be cautious of saw kickback. To avoid kickback, do not saw with the tip.
- Do not remove any guards.