If you are looking for a holiday gift for anyone who owns a chainsaw, consider chainsaw safety chaps, said University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist and woodcutter Katie Kammler.
“A $100 pair of chain saw chaps is well worth it when you compare it to the cost of a hospital emergency room visit,” Kammler said.
Conventional jeans or pants do not protect against chain saw injuries.
Chain saw chaps have an outside layer of fabric that protects against minor damage. The inner layer is made with long, loose ballistic fibers designed to wrap around the chain saw’s drive socket, halting the chain.
Kammler and Missouri Department of Conservation Fire Program supervisor Ben Webster recently taught a class on chainsaw use and safety at the Pearls of Production: Women in Agriculture conference.
Oil and dirt degrade the effectiveness of the pants, so cleaning is required. Don’t put them in a washing machine, said Webster. Use soap, water and a brush to wash them by hand.
Kammler also gives the following safety recommendations:
For more information on chain saw safety, see MU Extension guides “Operating a Chain Saw Safely” (extension.missouri.edu/p/G1959) and “Selecting and Maintaining a Chain Saw” (extension.missouri.edu/p/G1954)
Source: University of Missouri
As the largest and most recognized agricultural news service in the Mid-South, AgWatch Network is the Deltaʼs premier source for agriculture and rural lifestyle related news updates for Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. Through our multimedia platforms, AgWatch delivers timely relevant news to farmers, ranchers, agribusiness professionals and other rural stakeholders. AgWatch provides daily in-depth coverage of the Deltaʼs row crop, livestock, sutainable farming, legislation, regulation, technology, research and educational issues.More