General Safety

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Electricity and Gas Safety Tips

  • 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.

Starting and Operating Techniques

  • 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.


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