8 Safety Tips For Using Your Log Splitter This Winter

A log splitter, like any other power tool in your shed, can quickly become a safety hazard if it is not used correctly. With cold weather setting in for the next few months, we are dreading the reports of accidents and fatalities that will begin to trickle in as more and more people pull their splitters out to cut up firewood. By sticking with the 8 following safety tips, however, you will ensure that you are using your machine as safely and efficiently as possible.

  1. Switch it off before transportation
    If you ever need to move your splitter to another location, whether you’re lending it to a friend or taking it out into the forest somewhere, it is vital that you double-check it has been turned off. It can also be a good idea to remove the spark plug to prevent accidental starting.
  2. Wear protective clothing
    Whenever you are using a log splitter, you need to make sure that you are wearing the appropriate clothing. This includes sturdy footwear (preferably steel toed boots), safety goggles and gloves. It is also a good idea to remove any jewelry and avoid loose clothing.
  3. Watch what you’re doing
    You need to make sure that you all of your attention is focused on the task at hand. Never try to load a new log into the machine until the pusher has come to a complete stop. And always keep your hands, feet, hair and loose clothing away from moving parts to prevent getting caught.
  4. Keep children and pets away
    If you have children or pets, it is vital that they are kept away whenever you are using the splitter to prevent accident or injury. Never allow your kids to turn the machine on; even teenagers should be properly trained before allowing them to do this.
  5. Make sure you are sober
    If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol or are taking medication that can affect your ability to operate power equipment (this will be indicated on the packaging), put off the task for another time. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
  6. Keep the area tidy and well lit
    The location where you are intending to use the splitter needs to be well illuminated so that you can see what’s going on. You also need to make sure that the area is kept tidy (by removing debris as you work) so that you lessen the risk of an accident occurring.
  7. Make sure fittings are secure
    As you work, it is important to regularly check your machine to ensure that its screws, nuts, bolts and other fittings are secure. If you notice them becoming loose (which can occur as a result of vibrations) make sure that you tighten them before resuming work.
  8. Examine each log before loading it into the machine
    It may seem time-consuming, but it is important to closely inspect every log before you split it. This will allow you to remove any nails or other foreign objects (that can damage your log splitter) and to ensure that any branches are cut flush with the trunk.
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When it comes to using your log splitter over the coming winter, it is vital that you have taken every safety precaution possible. This is especially important if you are planning on taking the machine to a remote location to cut up firewood – if something were to go wrong, it could take a long time for help to arrive. By following each of the above 8 safety tips, you can rest assured that you have done everything in your power to be safe.

hand-power-tool-safety-tileHand and power tools are used every day in many types of business. They make our work easier and allow us to be more efficient. However, we often fail to see the hazards these tools present.

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