JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- As victims of the recent ice storm turn to the task of cleaning up debris, the State of Missouri Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge them to exercise caution. Many jobs will require the use of tools and machinery that, if used improperly, could result in serious injury or death.
The chain saw is one of the most efficient and productive power tools used for debris clean up. If used improperly it can be dangerous. To avoid harm, follow these simple instructions:
- Survey the job at hand and plan your task.
- Keep both hands on the chainsaw handles.
- Keep your eye on the blade and what you are cutting.
- Cut only on the right side of your body.
- Always cut below your head.
- Cut with the lower edge of the saw blade whenever possible. Cutting with the tip of the saw is inviting injury.
- Watch out when cutting limbs and branches that are bent, they may snap back and hit you.
- Let the chainsaw do the work. Don't try to force the saw.
- Wear protective clothing; a hard hat, goggles, safety shoes, gloves and trim-fitting clothes.
- Don't wear yourself out. Stay alert.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.