We recommend safety glasses, gloves and hearing protection. Gloves are obviously important for keeping your hands safe and eye protection will prevent debris from potentially getting in your eyes. And any time you use extremely noisy equipment – especially the kinds of equipment you use to work with trees – your should always have some sort of hearing protection. And gloves are obvious. They’ll allow you to grip difficult surfaces more powerfully.
What’s protocol for handling a chainsaw?
The most important thing you should always remember is that chainsaws are a two-handed tool. Never take a hand off the saw, ever. In our honest opinion – most homeowners shouldn’t be operating a chainsaw, ever – but if you have to – you should always make sure you have chaps on to protect your legs, safety goggle and gloves. And always check your area to make sure you’re not in anyone’s space.
Should homeowners wear hardhats ever?
When it comes to any kind of work that involves work over your head, you should probably wear one. You can pick them up affordably as well – so there’s not much of an excuse to avoid it. The hard hat will help you avoid getting hit in the head with debris and other material that might hurt you or poses a threat to your safety. Even at that – you should try to avoid over-the-head work unless you have proper training.
What kind of safety glasses should you get?
Let’s be VERY clear – sunglasses and glasses will NOT give you the kind of protection you need. You should buy protective safety glasses – and that means the ones with side shooters, too. They’ll cover more of your face, they won’t break on impact and do a much better job of protecting you overall.
Please take every precaution when even doing routine maintenance on a live tree. If you think you might be biting off more than you can chew, then the chances are that, well… you are. And it’s time to give the pros a call.
Give us a call today and we’ll walk you through all you’ll need to do.