CHAINSAW SAFETY CLASS
Presented by the Outer Jamul Fire Safe Council
SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2011
9AM TO 12NOON
Deerhorn Valley Fire Station 37
Honey Springs Road, just north of Deerhorn Valley Road
For Amateur and Expert Alike
This hands-on workshop is your opportunity to see and use some of the latest saw and yard equipment from STIHLŽ and other manufacturers. Learn anew, or simply hone your saw safety skills.
The Outer Jamul Fire Safe Council has recently acquired chain saws, weed whackers, trimmers and other tools in order to implement the Defensible Space portion of our USFS grant (see photos below).
This class is a wonderful chance to learn how to use chainsaws safely, even if you have never used a chainsaw. You can even earn a safety certification if you want. All saws and tools will be provided, including safety chaps and screened helmets. Just bring safety glasses or goggles, work gloves, ear plugs if you have them, and wear long pants, long sleeved shirt, and boots or hiking shoes. No soft top running shoes or tennis shoes if you want to try out a saw or two. Persons trying out saws must be 18 years or older. Actual cutting will be limited to work on tree trunks and limbs placed on a saw buck.
Chainsaw class will include:
ˇ A look at the latest saws from STIHLŽ Corporation. Features and innovations in new saws.
ˇ How to prep a saw for work and safely start a chainsaw. Tricks of the trade for starting older saws.
ˇ Sharpening the chain. Do’s and Don’ts. Chain adjustments. Chain bar care.
ˇ General saw maintenance.
ˇ Protective gear and apparel.
ˇ Safety 101. Protect yourself and others. Stance. Flat vs. sloping ground. Weather. Fitness and hydration. Preparing the area. Transporting a saw.
ˇ “Reading” the tree or downed wood prior to cutting. When to call the experts. Most common mistakes and accidents.
ˇ Felling trees (limited to in-class cautionary instruction only).
ˇ Hands-on practice in the Fire Station parking lot. Some tree trunks and limbs will be prepared and placed on a saw buck for supervised practice cutting.
See you on Saturday!