Log Splitters helps you churn through yard work efficiently so you can move on to fun activities like spending time with your kids. Below you can find some log splitter safety tips to ensure that you are safe while getting your firewood ready this season.
Wood type is an important log splitter safety consideration.
Log Splitter Safety
Tip 1: Mind the Wood
Like all things, wood comes in a variety of strengths, grains and brittleness. Certain types of wood react differently as they are split. Always place your hands on the sides on the log, not on the ends, before placing the wood inside the log splitter. If you get into wood that isn’t straight grained or has crotches, be prepared for it to split irregularly – whether that is at an angle, a big chunk come out the side, the log turns sideways, etc. Identify any out of the ordinary pieces of wood and then continue with caution.
Tip 2: Only work when you are alert and rested
Worker fatigue is one of the most common causes of workplace accidents and injuries. Workplace safety initiatives constantly emphasize the importance of proper rest. The same holds true for any weekend work around the yard. A mistake with a log splitter caused by drowsiness can turn an afternoon task into a trip to the emergency room. Don’t work with a log splitter if you are overly tired. Get some rest first. And don’t operate any machinery while drinking alcohol. Save the spirits until after the hard work is done.
Tip 3: Dress the Part
Wear The Right Clothing. Always wear safety glasses or goggles while using the log splitter. Never wear loose fitting clothing or jewelry, instead wear snug fitting, comfortable clothes and gloves during splitter operation. On the same note, never operate barefoot or while wearing sandals. Always wear protective shoes with non-skid soles.