If it is for disaster relief or just removing limbs from trees around your home safety should be your top concern while using a chain saw.

Click to hear KMZU’s Brad Hartman talk with University of Missouri Extension Safety Expert Bob Schultheis:

Bob Schultheise

Schultheis says never start a chain saw while holding it up.

Schultheis also says to select a saw fitting your needs, wear protective clothing and don’t operate a saw above shoulder level.

He also warns of “kickback.”

Kickback is when your saw chain catches debris and sends it toward the worker or others.