DORCHESTER (WAOW) -- If you're heading out to the woods to chop some firewood in preparation for the cold temps ahead, Newsline 9's Tony Schumacher has some tips to keep you safe.
"Well today i'm joined by Pat Gierl from the Medford Home and Farm Center. This is the time of year when peope like to get out there and do lots of wood chopping activities so you're going to talk to us about some safety issues." says Tony.
Pat Gierl says "Safety is a crucial part of cutting wood. Definitely if you're a first timer or have a new saw, you need to know your equipment in order to make your sawing a pleasant experience."
"I know you have some cool pants on now, is that a fashion statement or what is that?" jokes Tony.
"Well actually, they're a specially designed fabric that will stop a chain saw. If the blade would come in contact with these pants, it would stop the saw dead without going through your pants and into your leg." answers Pat.
Tony says "Well that's important. What else do we have to wear here?"
Pat says "Well, they have a different kind of chaps, same kind of fabric. They have a basic helmet, which you want to the eyes and face. And you want ear protection of course because its very loud. And the helmet is to stop falling debris, brush and so forth as you're cutting. Again, we can use the ear defender and the eye glasses. That's the basic safety gear when you're cutting. Gloves in the winter time. A heavy set of boots would help alot."
Tony replies "You know, I go out myself and cut firewood and I have to be honest, I don't have all of that so i should probably go out and get some."
"Yeah, safety is key. More poeple will not come back because of a safety issue. Make sure you tell someone where you're going when you're cutting, maybe have a cell phone, especially if you're going a long way from home." says Pat.
Tony also adds that you should wear bright colored clothing so someone can find you easier if you get lost.
Catch the other 2 parts of this 3 part series Tuesday Nov. 18 in the 5 and 6 o'clock newscasts.