Staying On the Right Side of 'Cutting Edge'

Husqvarna helps power tool users tame yard work safely with seasoned Canadian Arborist

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 20, 2015 /CNW/ - As temperatures dip, many homeowners are tackling their final yard work before winter. Unfortunately, outdoor power tool users run the risk of injury by not adhering to safety protocols. Whether pruning trees for healthy regrowth or removing dead branches, no matter the skill level or the scale of the job, safety needs to come first.

Husqvarna Canada, the world's largest producer of outdoor power products, has partnered with local arborist Christopher Timperon to give homeowners expert insight into assessing what needs to be trimmed and how to do it safely. Timperon manages client relations at Bruce Tree Expert Company Ltd. and has more than 8 years of experience offering guidance on tree maintenance.

"We've seen some tough winter storms over the years and we all know the severe damage fallen branches and overgrown trees can cause," says Christopher Timperon, client relations at Bruce Tree Company Ltd. "All chainsaw operators, seasoned or first-timers, should familiarize themselves with proper safety measures before they start clearing their properties."

To stay safe while cleaning up the yard this season, Timperon offers the following tips and advice. To see them in action, Husqvarna and Timperon have posted an informational video online to assist homeowners with their outdoor chores. Head to Husqvarna Canada's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HusqvarnaCanada), Twitter (https://twitter.com/HusqvarnaCA) and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/HusqvarnaCanada) to watch and learn.

Select the right chainsaw: For most homeowners, a lightweight medium-duty saw is ideal for removing tree limbs around the home. Look for features such as good balance and low vibration, plus a design that makes it easy to start and maneuver. 

Wear protective apparel: By far the most overlooked aspect of chain saw operation is appropriate apparel. A properly outfitted operator wears protective chaps or pants, eye and ear protection, protective footwear, work gloves and a helmet.

Plan your cutting job: Potential factors include tree lean, electric lines, wind, adjacent roads and bystanders and dead limbs. Note that "struck-by" injuries from falling limbs are one of the most common accidents for a saw operator.

Know your limits: Never take on a job that is beyond your expertise. If you can't cut something with your two feet placed squarely on the ground, hire an arborist.

Cleanup with care: Thirty-seven per cent of Canadians don't put enough care into storing their tools. Once extra debris is removed from the property, ensure power tools are properly cleaned before putting them into storage. Drain any excess fuel and be sure to wipe down the machine with a damp cloth. Also, be sure to visit a local dealer for an end of season tune-up. Forty per cent of Canadians do not perform engine maintenance, which greatly decreases the tool's lifespan.

For additional information or to locate the nearest Husqvarna dealer, visit Husqvarna.ca.

About Husqvarna Group
Husqvarna Professional Products Inc. is a division of Husqvarna Group, the world's largest producer of outdoor power products including robotic lawn mowers, garden tractors, chainsaws and trimmers. The Group is also the European leader in consumer watering products and one of the world leaders in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. The Group's products and solutions are sold via dealers and retailers to both consumers and professional users in more than 100 countries. Net sales in 2012 amounted to SEK 31 billion, and the Group had 15,400 employees on average in more than 40 countries. The head office is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the share is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Stockholm Exchange.

SOURCE Husqvarna Canada

For further information: Media Contact: Jon Koidis, APEX PR, jkoidis@apexpr.com, 416-934-2104


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