Kickback is the biggest reason for accidents and understanding it can help to reduce the element of surprise.

Kickback happens when the tip of the guide bar touches an object or when the wood closes in and pinches the saw chain in the cut. A superfast reaction occurs and the guide bar is kicked up and back towards you. Pinching the saw chain along the top of the guide bar may push the guide bar rapidly back towards the you.

Either of these reactions can cause you to lose control of the saw which can result in serious injury.

Obvious as it sounds, it is vital to always use both hands. Keep your right hand on the rear handle

and the left hand on the front with a firm grip.

Make sure the area in which you are cutting is free from obstructions and don’t let the tip of the guide bar contact anything at all when you are sawing.

Do not be tempted to cut above shoulder height and do not over reach.

Finally, do wear protective gear – it’s not going to keep you safe while it’s hanging in the shed!