Firewood cutting safety is the most important thing to consider when cutting firewood. After all, no amount of firewood is worth injuring yourself or others during the process.
To improve safety, there are several different items that can be worn to protect yourself. Although they are an added expense, these items could save your life.
After you have purchased all of your safety equipment there's one final thing to remember......Take Your Time!
A majority of chainsaw accidents occur when the chainsaw operator gets in a hurry.
A lot of times you only have a few hours a day to cut firewood and you want to get done as soon as possible.
It's always best to work at a slow and steady pace to prevent injury to yourself and others.
Safety glasses are clear plastic glasses worn to prevent debris from coming into contact with your eyes.
The lenses are usually constructed of a polycarbonate material that is shatterproof and lightweight.
Safety glasses are fairly inexpensive and a decent pair can be purchased for under $10. A small investment to protect your eyes.
Another thing to consider when wearing safety glasses is to choose a pair that is scratch free. Some old safety glasses that have been laying around for years are full of scratches and debris. This will reduce your vision and create an added risk.
While cutting firewood, flying wood chips and branches are common. Wear a pair of safety glasses to prevent injury to your eyes.
Earmuffs are warn over the ears to prevent hearing damage from continuous loud noise.....like a chainsaw.
They have a hard shell that covers the ears. The shell is full of an acoustic foam that absorbs sound waves, protecting your ears.
Earmuffs can also be purchased in conjunction with a hard hat and protective face shield to offer even more protection.
Wearing steel toe boots can prevent falling logs from crushing your toes. The boots contain a protective insert to reinforce the toe of the boot. This reinforcement can help prevent against falling objects that come into contact with your feet.
Also, choose a pair of tall boots to prevent wood chips from getting into your socks while cutting.
I purchased these boots at a local store for $25. They are comfortable, lightweight, steel toe and are high enough to prevent wood chips from entering the boot. The price was very affordable and by shopping around I was able to find a nice boot at a low price.
Protective chaps are designed to stop the chainsaw when the chain comes into contact with the chaps......protecting you legs. The chaps are composed of a cut resistant material that clogs the sprocket of the saw, stopping the chain.
The chaps can be worn over your clothing and can help prevent against a serious accident. A good pair of chaps generally costs under $100 and they are sold by a variety of manufacturers.
It's important to read the specifications for the chaps you own or purchase. Some chaps do not offer protection against electric chainsaws due to their constant high torque.
I admit, chaps can be hot and uncomfortable at times but the amount of protection they offer is well worth the added discomfort. I personally know a man who had his leg saved by a pair of chaps. Every time I think about his story, I know cutting firewood without chaps is not an option!
Firewood cutting safety begins with proper education and equipment. By using the proper safety equipment and following safety guidelines you will decrease your chances of being injured.
Most people will go their entire lives and never have an accident while cutting firewood but there is always a chance the unthinkable will happen. Pay attention, know your surroundings and always think about ways to increase safety.
Don't forget, having the items stored away in your barn or shed will not keep you safe. Wear them!