Dear Reader: Watch Out For Those Chainsaws

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Good morning. Hope all is well, and as always, we here at Riverfront Times wish you the utmost health and safety while handling that chainsaw.

To wit, we're proud to present the RFT "Press Release 'O the Day" from FEMA and the State of Missouri Emergency Management Act (SEMA).

Yesterday the disaster agencies sent out a memo reminding people of the inherent dangers of chainsaws as well as tips for using the tools without losing an appendage. Our favorite tip: "Let the chainsaw do the work. Don't force the saw."

Read the entire press release and more tips after the jump.
  
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JEFFERSON CITY -- As victims of the recent ice storm turn to the task of cleaning up debris, the State of Missouri Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge them to exercise caution. Many jobs will require the use of tools and machinery that, if used improperly, could result in serious injury or death

The chain saw is one of the most efficient and productive power tools used for debris clean up. If used improperly it can be dangerous. To avoid harm, follow these simple instructions:

  • Survey the job at hand and plan your task.
  • Keep both hands on the chainsaw handles.
  • Keep your eye on the blade and what you are cutting.
  • Cut only on the right side of your body.
  • Always cut below your head.
  • Cut with the lower edge of the saw blade whenever possible.
  • Cutting with the tip of the saw is inviting injury.
  • Watch out when cutting limbs and branches that are bent, they may snap back and hit you.
  • Let the chainsaw do the work. Don't try to force the saw.
  • Wear protective clothing; a hard hat, goggles, safety shoes, gloves and trim-fitting clothes.
  • Don't wear yourself out. Stay alert.

FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.

FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.For more information on Missouri disaster recovery, visit www.fema.gov or http://sema.dps.mo.gov.


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