According to the US Consumer Products Safety Commission, the average chain saw injury requires 110 stitches.*
Here's the scary part: those stats are for professional loggers. They don't include Joe Homeowner. If they did, the number would be much higher!
One simple way to avoid becoming a statistic is to use the proper safety gear. Wear a helmet, visor or safety glasses, and gloves to protect yourself from flying chips. Wear chaps to protect your legs from potential injury.
Sneakers will not cut it when using a chain saw. Heavy-soled boots will protect the underside of your feet from logs and brush.
For added protection, get steel-toed boots. These will provide enhanced protection for the top side of your feet and toes. We don't sell any boots, but please get a pair before you start cutting.
Chaps have layers of protective material that will shield your legs from scuffs and branches while you cut. These are especially important considering about 35% of chainsaw injuries happen to the lower leg and knee area.
In case of contact with the saw chain, layers of ballistic fibers expand rapidly to jam the chain and stop the saw before an injury occurs.
Even the best chain saws can be rather loud so be sure to wear ear protection to prevent hearing damage.
At the bare minimum, wear ear plugs. However, a pair of ear-muff style hearing protectors will provide you with the best protection against excessive noise.
While chainsawing, your eyes are particularly vulnerable to injury from all the flying chips of wood. And if you have any experience using a chainsaw, you know how vital it is to have unencumbered vision.
So if you opt against wearing a full helmet, make sure you at least wear a pair of protective eye glasses.
The best way to protect your head, ears and eyes from injury is a protective helmet. You could buy all these separate pieces individually.
Or you could go with an all-in-one option. These convenient combinations of visor and ear protectors, or helmet/visor/ear protectors are easy to grab as you head out the door.
Last, but certainly not least, make sure to wear a pair of heavy-duty protective gloves.
The ones we carry are made of heavy-duty leather for added protection.
Look for a pair that's breathable as your hands will probably get pretty sweaty while working.
* - 1989 USPSC Study