TUNKHANNOCK TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Roughly 28,000 people a year will be injured or killed using a saw. Eyewitness News Reporter Anja Whitehead shows us how to protect ourselves while doing work outside.

“Chainsaws are one of those things that people go to the store and they buy and most people don’t understand how they work,” Mike Geggeiero, Owner of Sandcut Outdoors said.

A chainsaw is a heavy duty piece of equipment that you need to know how to use properly, and safely. That’s why Mike Leggeiero is teaching a class on basic chainsaw skills at the Houser Nature Center near Long Pond this weekend.

“To understand the basic concepts, some of the reactive forces of chainsaws and how that affects safety,” Leggeiero said. “How that comes into play with protective equipment and how using them all together ends up making the job much safer.”

When it comes to chainsaw safety, it’s always good to protect your head, ears, and eyes.

“Either foam earplugs, some kind of hard ear muff style, or a combination of the two,” Leggeiero advised.

And you should wear protective clothing to lower the risk of injury.

“What these end up doing is they have fibers throughout that if you cut through the outside of the fabric, the fibers will actually wrap around the chain and jam the chain,” Leggeiero told us.

If you’d like to attend the basic chainsaw skills for homeowners at the Houser nature Center, it will be this Saturday at 9 a.m.

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