Learn Storm Safety Before Storms Hit

Preparation and Post Storm Cleanup Tips at LearnStormSafety.com and stihlusa.com

Jun 10, 2010, 14:59 ET from STIHL Inc.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- As you prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, it's important to learn how to reduce the risk of injury during cleanup and repair. STIHL offers free, online resources to help. You can view the company's video on chain saw safety, as well as download the chain saw safety manual, online at www.stihlusa.com/information. Be sure to always read, understand and follow the directions in the manufacturer's instruction manual when operating any power tool.

"People think that after the storm has passed the danger is over, but an alarming number of people are injured each year during cleanup," said Mark Chisholm, certified arborist with Aspen Tree Expert Company in Jackson, NJ. "If you are clearing major debris like downed trees, consult with a tree care professional and take all safety precautions possible."

When attempting smaller cleanup jobs on your own, follow these tips from LearnStormSafety.com:

  • Always wear proper protective equipment, including hearing and eye protection, proper helmet system, heavy duty nonslip gloves, chain saw protective pants or chaps.

  • Look up before walking beneath trees after a storm. Broken tree limbs may still be lodged in trees, but can easily fall. These are referred to as "widowmakers" for good reason.

  • When a tree is uprooted or downed, it creates an unnatural pattern of pressure points and tension. An unknowing chain saw operator may be in severe danger if attempting to cut a tensioned limb or trunk (called a "springpole") – it may have an extremely violent, catapult-like reaction. Consult a professional.

  • Watch for downed utility lines and never try to move them without professional assistance. Phone lines can also carry an electric charge.

More information and tips are available at www.stihlusa.com and www.learnstormsafety.com.

About STIHL Inc.

STIHL Inc. manufactures the world's largest selling brand of chain saws and produces a full line of powerful, lightweight, and versatile handheld outdoor power equipment for homeowners and professional users. STIHL products are sold through servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast-- not mass merchants. STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the U.S. only. For more information or for the name of the closest STIHL retailer call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445) or visit the STIHL Web site at www.stihlusa.com.