splitting firewood

Splitting firewood was once a necessary way to heat our homes. Today, many choose to at least partially heat their homes with a wood burning stove. For those who heat their home with firewood a decision must be made about sourcing the wood. Setting up a stockpile before the cold weather hits is the smartest plan.

Splitting firewood safety tips

Splitting firewood can be a really satisfying task but it also carries a great risk for personal injury. Lacerations, amputated fingers, shoulder, arm and wrist strains are among the injuries suffered by wood splitters every year.

Despite the risks, many choose to split their own firewood. Once the tree is felled with a chainsaw there are two ways to split the wood: an axe or a modern wood splitter.

Regardless of the method, safety measures including proper safety equipment are incredibly important; one slip could mean a serious injury.

To split firewood with an axe you should always have the following items:

  • Protective eyewear
  • Safety gloves
  • Chopping block

Good technique is more important than strength. Use the following steps to safely and effectively chop your firewood with an axe:

  • Set up your wood on the chopping block
  • Keep your feet shoulder width apart
  • Keep your non-dominant hand at the base of the ax with your dominant hand near the head of the ax
  • Never swing the ax around your body

You can save a lot of time and energy with a wood splitter. When splitting firewood with a wood splitter ensure that you use the following safety items:

  • Protective eyewear
  • Safety gloves

Use the following steps to safely and effectively chop your firewood with a wood splitter:

  • Always hold the wood by its side (never the ends) when loading a log into the splitter
  • Make sure the wood is stable while it gently eases it into the machine
  • Never shove the wood in or use body parts to stabilize the wood
  • Never split more than one log at a time
  • Ensure that the most square side of the log is up against the blade

Whether you are splitting the old fashioned way or with a wood splitter, it is important to follow safety protocol. If you have been injured in a wood splitting accident, seek medical attention as needed. If your injury occurred on someone else’s property through no fault of your own, their home owner’s insurance may cover your medical care and other damages. If your wood splitter malfunctioned you may have a defective products case. Contact a personal injury lawyer today.

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