Prior to using a chain saw, become familiar with the operator’s manual and obtain training from a person with experience.
When operating a portable generator at your home, the following information will be beneficial to ensure your safety:
- Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to help prevent electrocutions and electrical shock injuries. Portable GFCIs require no tools to install and are available at prices ranging from $12 to $30.
- When using a “wet-dry vacuum cleaner,” be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid electric shock.
- Do not allow the power cord connections to become wet. Do not remove or bypass the ground pin on the three-prong plug and use a GFCI to prevent electrocution.
To determine the generator size needed to supply the electrical demand in your home, refer to the table below:
Remember 1 kw = 1000 watts, 2 kw = 2000 watts etc. The formula for finding wattage is: volts x amps = watts.
Example: an appliance nameplate states 3 amps at 120 volts. 3 amps x 120 volts = 360 watts.
- Always use both hands when starting a chain saw, one to hold the saw and the other to pull the starter rope. Some chain saws can also be held down with a foot while starting.
- Grip the top handle of the saw firmly and pull the starter rope quickly. Always start it on the ground on a stable surface. Refer to the owner’s manual for additional starting information.